Victim still in relationship with man who bit her nose off
The girlfriend of a man jailed indefinitely for biting off her nose is still in a relationship with him, a court heard yesterday.
Robert Mackenzie Wilson (39) formerly of Selkirk Street, Burnley in England, launched his brutal assault on Jane Ireland after calling her "fat".
The defence said Ms Ireland was still in a relationship with Wilson and continued to visit him in prison and was "supportive of him".
It was Ms Ireland's view that Wilson was a man who needed help rather than punishment, the defence said.
Burnley Crown Court heard that Wilson had been in a relationship with Ms Ireland for four months before the attack.
Her nose was recovered from the scene but could not be stitched on and it was reconstructed with the aid of a flap of skin from her forehead.
"This defendant knows that Jane Ireland lives with the consequences of what he did," the defence said.
"He sees the consequences of what he has done to her and he sees the psychological and physical impact."
The prosecution said mother-of-three Ms Ireland awoke at her home in Hapton Road with the defendant's fingers down her throat and then felt an "excruciating pain".
"This was the point when Mr Wilson had bitten off most of her nose," she said.
The victim's 14-year-old daughter was awoken by screaming and witnessed a scene in the bedroom "like a horror movie" as her mother and Wilson were covered in blood.
Both managed to flee the house as Wilson took hold of a large carving knife.
A neighbour saw him naked in the street, whispering his partner's name, before he disappeared.
He was eventually arrested by armed police.