A WIRRAL student who acted as a Good Samaritan almost had the tip of his nose bitten off and has been left scarred, a court has heard.

Tommy Clucas was attacked after he came across two men fighting in Liverpool city centre and he put his arm round the shoulder of one and urged him to cool down and walk away.

But the man, Thomas Graham, turned around and bit him on the nose causing blood to pour down his face and leaving him scarred.

Liverpool Crown Court heard today, Thursday, that earlier that evening Graham had allegedly bitten another man in a bar on the face but was not charged with that offence as the victim was unknown.

Sentencing 24-year-old Graham a judge said that the victim had been acting as "a Good Samaritan" and it was no fault of his that he was injured.

He pointed out that the victim's life may adversely affected by the injury as it may be that future prospective employers would think he had been involved in a fight.

He sentenced Graham to 12 months imprisonment suspended for a year, ordered him to pay £1,500 compensation plus £500 towards prosecution costs and £100 victim surcharge.

Recorder Mark Ainsworth also ordered him to carry out 150 hours unpaid work, imposed a three month curfew with a tag between 10 - 6 am and placed him under supervision for 12 months.

Graham, of Park Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to wounding.

Joanne Maxwell, prosecuting, said that the incident happened in the early hours of March 8 in the Colquitt Street area when 18-year-old Mr Clucas was out with others celebrating a friend's 18th birthday and he came across the fight and was attacked.

Graham was dragged off him and he was tended by nearby door staff till paramedics took him to hospital and meanwhile Graham was spotted in a nearby street and arrested.

Mr Clucas, from Wallasey, had eight stitches inserted in the wound mainly to the right side of his nose and septum and has suffered residual scarring.

The court heard that Graham, a contract manager for a catering design company, has no previous convictions, and is remorseful.