shock images Man (31) arrested after victim has his nose bitten off in a horror attack
A suspect was arrested and charged after being tasered by cops following an unprovoked attack on this innocent victim
These shocking images show how a man had his nose bitten off in horror attack in Ballymurphy on Friday.
A 31-year-old man is currently police custody in connection with the incident.
He was arrested after a dramatic stand-off with armed police officers in Ballymurphy on Friday.
Shocked locals say the incident - which brought the entire area to a standstill - began shortly before 11am.
Cops with dogs - who arrived on the scene within minutes - sealed off the area. They were forced to taser the man twice, before taking him to the ground and arresting him.
Minutes before, alarmed neighbours looked, as the man became involved in a fist fight with a relative outside a house in the Bull Ring area.
Suddenly he turned his attention to a woman who was innocently standing outside a house where she was babysitting her grandchild.
With the infant in her arms Michelle McMullan (44) looked on in disbelief as the thug began hurling verbal abuse in her direction.
But her shock turned to fear when he suddenly began jumping over garden fences to get at her.
Eye witnesses say he was within touching distance of Mrs McMullan when her husband - who was returning from a nearby shop - raced forward to head off her attacker.
But after swinging a punch at Hugh McMullan's head, he leaned forward and bit off the end of his nose.
He then ran down Ballymurphy Road, where he attacked another man who happened to be standing in his doorway.
As the police began arriving in large numbers, he bolted across the same street where he took refuge in a house occupied by one of his aunts.
Despite repeated demands, he still he refused to surrender to the officers. At one stage he appeared holding a large knife to own his throat, threatening to kill himself if the cops came any closer.
The police hit him with two separate taser devices and yet he continued to confront the armed officers.
He was eventually arrested inside the house, where he was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Concerned relatives rushed Hugh McMullan to hospital, where he received emergency attention.
The tip of his nose was discovered lying in a nearby garden two hours after the incident, but surgeons were unable to sew it back onto Mr McMullan's face.
Hugh McMullan was still in hospital last night and doctors have advised his family he with require six months of intensive microsurgery to recreate his nose.
Last night, a still shocked Michelle McMullan relived the moment of horror.
"I had never spoken to this man in my life before. I was standing outside cradling my grandchild in my arms, when suddenly this man is heading for me as though he's going to kill me," she said.
"Thank God my husband Hugh managed to reach us at the last second to head him off.
"It's appalling that my husband has suffered this horrendous injury, but I couldn't sleep for thinking what would have happened to the wee baby he had got to me.
"The people of Ballymurphy are living in fear of these people. I know they don't live here, but they are here a lot and this is what happens."
And she added: "The community will need to stand up to stop this kind of thing happening again."
Mrs McMullan's mother Rosaleen Campbell explained she wasn't in Ballymurphy when the horror incident occurred, but is helping her family come to terms with what happened.
She said: "We thought all the violence was over for the people of Ballymurphy, but it appears we still have a long way to go."
Last night a spokesperson for the PSNI said: "Police have charged a 31-year-old man with a number of offences following an incident in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast on Friday.
"The man has been charged with several offences, including grievous bodily harm with intent, common assault and assault on police.
"He is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court."
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