Gosport woman spared jail after biting off man’s earlobe

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A WOMAN who bit part of a man’s ear off outside a party has been spared jail.

Emma Wood’s victim needed eight stitches after the attack in Cobden Street, Gosport, in the early hours.

But Wood, 26, was given a suspended sentence after Portsmouth Crown Court heard she had earlier been provoked by another man at the party.

The court heard the 20-year-old had been following Wood around, trying to wind her up and calling her a cry-baby.

As the party came to an end she followed the man outside, grabbed him and he went to the floor.

Wood was then restrained by two other men – one of whom was the bitten-ear victim – who pinned her against a car.

The court heard she shouted for the men to get off her, and then bit the 19-year-old’s ear.

Tammy Mears, prosecuting, said: ‘He is a young man of 19.

‘He will have permanent scarring as a result of the assault.’

Wood then ran inside and cried, and was said to be ‘sorry immediately’ for her actions.

Witnesses described the first man’s behaviour as ‘annoying and upsetting’.

Daniel Reilly, defending, said: ‘It’s unfortunate to say the least that he behaved in the way he did.

‘But for his actions there would have been no incident.’

Wood, of Mayfield Road, Gosport, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful wounding and one of assault by beating on October 19.

She was sentenced to 12 months in jail suspended for a year and put under supervision.

Wood was also told to attend an anger and emotional management programme.

Addressing Wood, Judge Roger Hetherington, sentencing, said he accepted her basis of plea.

Judge Hetherington said: ‘[The victim] sustained a significant injury to his ear lobe, which was to an extent bitten off and required eight stitches and [caused] a considerable amount of pain.

‘You were immediately upset and sorry for what you had done and you pleaded guilty at the first opportunity

‘You are remorseful for what you did and you are in need of considerable support.’