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Man Charged After Golfer's Finger Bitten Off At Plymouth Course

PLYMOUTH (CBS/AP) — Derek Harkins, charged with biting off another man's finger during a brawl at a Plymouth golf course, appeared in court Monday morning.

The 46-year-old faces charges of assault and battery, mayhem and disturbing the peace. He was released on $10,000 bail and ordered to stay away from the victim and alcohol.

Derek Harkins
Derek Harkins in Plymouth District Court, August 20, 2018. (WBZ-TV)

Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri says two foursomes were on the 18th hole at Southers Marsh Golf Club on Friday evening when there was some sort of altercation.

Police say Harkins and his group were mad about the slow play of the group in front of them. Insults were exchanged and then a brawl started.

The 57-year-old victim from Marshfield had a finger bitten off "to the knuckle." He was taken to the hospital but doctors could not surgically re-attach the digit.

Harkins did not answer questions from reporters outside court, but his lawyer said "things aren't always as they seem."

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter released a statement Monday afternoon saying they were investigating allegations against a city employee related to a fight at the golf club. He said the employee is on administrative leave until further notice.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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