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Chop shop Thug who used scissors to cut man's ear off called himself the 'Bone Collector'

Prior to being jailed, Maughan (26), advertised his services as a 'pandemic barber' under the name 'Sammy Maughan, the Bone Collector' with decorative skulls on his profile.

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Sam Maughan had given himself the title of Bone Collector on his Facebook page.

Sam Maughan had given himself the title of Bone Collector on his Facebook page.

Sam Maughan posted photos of himself offering
barbering services.

Sam Maughan posted photos of himself offering barbering services.

Victim Mark Burke collapsed

Victim Mark Burke collapsed

Mark Burke was cut up in his home.

Mark Burke was cut up in his home.

Sam Maughan.

Sam Maughan.

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Sam Maughan had given himself the title of Bone Collector on his Facebook page.

A thug who used a scissors to help chop the ear off a 43-year-old man during a cocaine-fuelled attack nicknamed himself 'The Bone Collector' on his Facebook page.

The Sunday World can also reveal today how scissors-mad Sam Maughan moonlighted as a black market pandemic barber prior to being jailed this week.

Maughan was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison on Tuesday after Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how he was one of a group of four who held a man in his own home for six hours, stabbing him multiple times and cutting most of his right ear off.

Prior to being jailed, Maughan (26), advertised his services as a 'pandemic barber' under the name 'Sammy Maughan, the Bone Collector' with decorative skulls on his profile.

Throughout the pandemic he posted headshots of men whose hair he had 'barbered' using a hair clippers.

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Sam Maughan.

Sam Maughan.

Sam Maughan.

The illegal business venture hit a stumbling block in April when he posted an image of a recently shorn customer, alongside a post informing potential clients: "Me machine blew up straight after I did this so no-one ask me for haircuts til [sic] me new equipment lands."

But Maughan's transition from butcher to barber came to a shuddering halt on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to causing serious harm to Mark Burke (43) on August 1, 2018 at the victim's home in Whitefriars Gardens, Dublin 8.

Detective Garda Mark Dennehy said Mr Burke had allowed the men into his home after his daughter asked if she could have some people over, but when the group started to cause some trouble, he asked everyone to leave.

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Sam Maughan posted photos of himself offering
barbering services.

Sam Maughan posted photos of himself offering barbering services.

Sam Maughan posted photos of himself offering barbering services.

All the girls left but several males remained and someone locked Mr Burke's front door, keeping them all in his flat.

Det Gda Dennehy told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that when Mr Burke asked the men to leave one of them hit him in the face with a bottle, splitting his lip.

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He was then ordered into the sitting room where the group continued to hit him over the head with the bottle.

Mr Burke was then held down while his right ear was cut with tried to cut his ear with the scissors.

Det Garda Dennehy said it was accepted that Maughan was not the ringleader of this group but he did take part in the attack.

He agreed that Maughan and others present each took it in turn to cut the man's right ear until most of it was severed.

Mr Burke was also stabbed multiple times with a second scissors.

The victim was then taken to the bathroom where he was forced to get into the bath and the taps were turned on. A mirror was broken over his head and the toilet cistern was used to hit him on the head and legs.

At one point the lead from a phone charger was forced down his throat while the victim was told "you are dead tonight".

Det Gda Dennehy told Ms Small that Maughan did not take part in the attack in the bathroom.

At some point after 9am the group left the flat and gardaí got a call informing them there was a group of males in a nearby park who were covered in blood.

The men were later approached by gardaí and a partly severed ear was found nearby.

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Mark Burke was cut up in his home.

Mark Burke was cut up in his home.

Mark Burke was cut up in his home.

Det Gda Dennehy said Mr Burke was discovered outside his flat at 10am that morning.

He had collapsed.

He was taken to St James's Hospital, where he was treated for blood loss and extensive cuts to his head, face, torso and limbs.

It was also noted that most of his right ear had been cut off.

Det Gda Dennehy said Maughan was homeless at the time and appeared at his hostel that morning crying.

He told staff he had stabbed a man in the arms, legs and chest and he had slit his ear.

He was covered in blood and there was a strong smell of alcohol off him. He admitted that he had taken cocaine.

Maughan was arrested later that same day and blood staining on his clothes matched that of Mr Burke's.

Det Gda Dennehy said Maughan had 88 convictions, seven of which had been dealt with in the Circuit Court and involved offences for possession of knives, false imprisonment, robbery, assault and public order.

He agreed with Michael Bowman SC, defending, that Maughan struggled with addiction.

Mr Bowman described it as "a deeply disturbing case" and said that Mr Burke had to "undergo the most shocking of ordeals".

Judge Martin Nolan said the evening had commenced in an innocent enough way, but "at a certain point events took a sinister turn."

He said it was hard to imagine what motivated the men on the night in question and that "collective madness and badness took over".

Judge Martin acknowledged that Maughan had "no stability in his life" but said that he had to sentence him for "really bad behaviour" as he imposed a seven-and-a-half year prison term.

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