Butlin’s fight is likened to a ‘shark attack’, court hears

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A MOTHER has told of her agony after a chunk of her nose was bitten off at a holiday resort.

Julie McDonald was staying at Butlin’s in Bognor Regis with her three children when they went to see a pantomime performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the centre stage in the Manhattan building.

Tina Love, 29, from Acacia Road, in Dartford, Kent, denies wounding with intent after the pair got into an argument over a table.

Speaking at Chichester Crown Court, Ms McDonald, who is in her forties and gave evidence via video link from Milton Keynes, said: ‘I can only liken it to being attacked by a shark.

‘It was horrific. It was a person biting my nose with all their might.’

The alleged attack happened on April 11, 2013 and Love was arrested on the night of the assault. Ms McDonald was taken to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester for treatment.

A 2.3mm-deep piece of her nose, measuring three square centimetres, was found at the scene.

Love’s lawyer Neil Guest claimed Ms McDonald had his client’s arm in a lock and the pair had a clash of heads.

However, Ms McDonald said she was headbutted.

‘To me it felt like my whole nose was being bitten off,’ she said.

‘I screamed and screamed.’

The case continues with the defence opening their arguments.