Woman who bit partner's scrotum during row spared jail
Published 12/11/2011 | 05:00
A WOMAN who bit a hole in her boyfriend's scrotum during a drunken row was spared jail yesterday.
Maria Topp (44) from Wrekenton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at Newcastle Crown Court.
She attacked Martin Douglas, her partner of five years, after they had been on a 10-hour drinking session in February.
She was handed a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Robin Mairs also imposed a restraining order on the mother of four to prevent her from contacting Mr Douglas, who works as a nightclub DJ.
The couple shared a "turbulent relationship", Gavin Doig, prosecuting, said, and police had been called on previous occasions to Mr Douglas's flat in Waterloo Street, Newcastle.
Officers were called shortly after 4am on February 18.
Mr Doig said: "The most serious injury was obvious to the police when Mr Douglas pulled aside the towel he was wearing. They were able to see his scrotum was ripped."
What sparked the violence was unclear, the court heard.
"There came a point in time when the complainant and defendant were on the floor and this defendant sank her teeth into the complainant's scrotum and ripped his scrotum, causing serious injury," the prosecutor said.
Mr Douglas had a bite to his tricep and multiple scratches, as well as the more serious injury. He was taken to hospital and given intravenous pain relief.
Mr Douglas made a full physical recovery but still has mental scars.