A man had his nose bitten off as two golfers argued about a game they had just played.
The unusual and sickening attack happened in the car park at the Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast complex in the US city of Bay St. Louis.
Both men had played a round on the resort's Arnold Palmer-designed golf course before getting embroiled in an altercation that saw the victim, whose nose was never found, taken to hospital, according to the Mississippi television channel WXXV-TV.
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In a press release, Bay St. Louis Police Chief Toby Schwartz said that 51-year-old Mark Wells, from the Mississippi city of Biloxi, fled the scene of the violent row in a Tesla car before later turning himself in.
Officers found a man with a disfiguring facial injury after being called out following reports of an assault on Monday evening (November 28), with Schwartz's statement reading: "The investigation determined that suspect, Mark Curtis Wells, bit the nose off of the victim."
The police were informed that the two men had been bickering with each other throughout the day about the round they had played together.
Wells was charged with felony mayhem, which the Mississippi state law defines as a premeditated "crime committed with the intent to kill in which the suspect mutilates, disfigures, disables, or destroys someone’s tongue, eye, lip, nose, limb or another body part".
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He was taken to Hancock County jail and walked out an hour later after paying the required 10% of a $50,000 (£42,000) bond.
But, if found guilty, Wells could receive a seven-year prison sentence when the case is heard in court.
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