Suspended prison term for woman who bit off part of man's ear

Suspended prison term for woman who bit off part of man's ear

ASSAULT: Dusk nightclub

Josephine Mulry who attacked a man and bit off part of his ear

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

A MAN had part of his ear bitten off and eaten in a nightclub attack, a court was told.

Dorchester Crown Court was told that Josephine Mulry admitted biting off part of the man’s ear but it was believed that another reveller ate it.

Josephine Mulry, aged 27, was handed a suspended sentence at Dorchester Crown Court after admitting a charge of unlawful wounding.

Robert Griffiths, prosecuting, told the court that the attack took place in the early hours of September 29 last year in the Dusk nightclub in Weymouth.

He said the victim was sitting in a booth with a friend when the defendant approached him and accused him of trying to fight her boyfriend.

Mr Griffiths said she then proceeded to attack the victim, landing a number of blows.

He said: “During the course of the attack she also bit part of his left ear, taking off the lower lobe.”

Mulry, of Airfield Close, Crossways, was soon thrown out by door staff and was arrested some time later after she went to hospital having apparently suffered injuries to her arm.

The victim was left with a piece of his ear missing and had to undergo a course of hepatitis B injections.

Mr Griffiths said it was not clear what had happened to the missing piece of ear but there were suggestions someone at the club had eaten it.

When interviewed by police the following day, Mulry said she had little recollection of the events of the night before.

She said: “This really isn’t in my nature to have done this and I’m horrified and disgusted with myself.”

Mulry suggested her behaviour could have been a result of her drink being spiked, but when an expert report suggested this was unlikely to have been the case she entered her guilty plea.

Robert Harding, mitigating, said his client was ‘genuinely remorseful’ for her actions, which were ‘completely out of character’.

He said: “She feels incredibly sorry for what has happened to this victim.”

Judge Roger Jarvis sentenced Mulry to nine months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He also made her subject to a community order with a supervision requirement for 12 months and requirement to attend a thinking skills programme.

Mulry was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation to her victim.

Judge Jarvis told the defendant: “It is plain in my judgement that the reason for the commission of this offence was your over indulgence in alcohol.”

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8:24am Fri 16 May 14

JamesYoung says...

Needless to say, had this been a man, he'd have been sent down.
Needless to say, had this been a man, he'd have been sent down. JamesYoung
  • Score: 62

8:40am Fri 16 May 14

woodsedge says...

I agree, from what I have read in the article there was absolutely no mitigation put forward in her defence, that should have saved her from a jail sentence.
I agree, from what I have read in the article there was absolutely no mitigation put forward in her defence, that should have saved her from a jail sentence. woodsedge
  • Score: 28

8:48am Fri 16 May 14

Newground says...

A signed-up member of Her Majesty's Underclass.
A signed-up member of Her Majesty's Underclass. Newground
  • Score: 19

8:52am Fri 16 May 14

JamesYoung says...

Newground wrote:
A signed-up member of Her Majesty's Underclass.
I don't know what frightens me more, actually. The fact that the judge thought that biting somebody's ear off is a normal outcome of drinking too much, or the fact that somebody else seems to have eaten it.
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: A signed-up member of Her Majesty's Underclass.[/p][/quote]I don't know what frightens me more, actually. The fact that the judge thought that biting somebody's ear off is a normal outcome of drinking too much, or the fact that somebody else seems to have eaten it. JamesYoung
  • Score: 34

9:10am Fri 16 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Judge Jarvis showing us chivalry justice is alive and well.

Women on average get 40% less sentence for the exact same crime as men in the West, that's if they are even arrested, charged or prosecuted. There is no way that if a man had done that to a woman his sentence would not have been significantly longer and most certainly custodial

The prosecutors office should intervene in this case and ask for an appeal on this sentence, for such a violent offence it is ludicrous to see no prison time..... regardless of gender.

Chivalry justice by weak male judges, it's an old problem.
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Judge Jarvis showing us chivalry justice is alive and well. Women on average get 40% less sentence for the exact same crime as men in the West, that's if they are even arrested, charged or prosecuted. There is no way that if a man had done that to a woman his sentence would not have been significantly longer and most certainly custodial The prosecutors office should intervene in this case and ask for an appeal on this sentence, for such a violent offence it is ludicrous to see no prison time..... regardless of gender. Chivalry justice by weak male judges, it's an old problem. http://unknownmisand ry.blogspot.co.uk/20 12/06/chivalry-justi ce-checklist-links.h tml Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 33

9:14am Fri 16 May 14

woodsedge says...

I knew it wouldn't take long for another rationale debate to be hijacked!
I knew it wouldn't take long for another rationale debate to be hijacked! woodsedge
  • Score: -25

9:15am Fri 16 May 14

Nomalice says...

Bring back temporary,floating prisons (as many as required) no suspended sentences for this type of offence. No early release for this type of offence.The message will eventually get through.
Bring back temporary,floating prisons (as many as required) no suspended sentences for this type of offence. No early release for this type of offence.The message will eventually get through. Nomalice
  • Score: 16

9:38am Fri 16 May 14

woodsedge says...

I agree that we need realist sentences that reflect the nature of the crime, but we also need meaningful rehabilitation and support structures when people are released. Sentencing in this country is a joke and the repeat offenders know that jail time is unlikely. The repeat offenders should have a totalling up system so if they are initially supported and they still repeat, this should be taken into consideration with a harsher sentence next time.
I agree that we need realist sentences that reflect the nature of the crime, but we also need meaningful rehabilitation and support structures when people are released. Sentencing in this country is a joke and the repeat offenders know that jail time is unlikely. The repeat offenders should have a totalling up system so if they are initially supported and they still repeat, this should be taken into consideration with a harsher sentence next time. woodsedge
  • Score: 5

10:39am Fri 16 May 14

JamesYoung says...

woodsedge wrote:
I agree that we need realist sentences that reflect the nature of the crime, but we also need meaningful rehabilitation and support structures when people are released. Sentencing in this country is a joke and the repeat offenders know that jail time is unlikely. The repeat offenders should have a totalling up system so if they are initially supported and they still repeat, this should be taken into consideration with a harsher sentence next time.
Have you read about Bastoy prison in Norway, Woodsedge? Quite astonishing: it's pretty much a holiday camp on an island. There's golf, fishing, farming, your own apartment and you are only confined to your apartment at night. Once you've served 5 years in a normal Norwegian prison, you can transfer there, provided that you make a commitment to rehabilitation.
The reoffending rate in Britain is close to 70%. Bastoy's released prisoners - this includes murderers and rapists - have a reoffending rate of just 16%.
I suspect some of this is down to the fact that Norway has much more of a respectful culture than we do here (i lived there for a couple of years), but some of it must also be down to the focus on rehabilitation. In the Norwegian system, removal of liberty is seen as the punishment. They don't see the need to treat prisoners like animals. My father (ex prison officer) will be rolling in his grave, incidentally,
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: I agree that we need realist sentences that reflect the nature of the crime, but we also need meaningful rehabilitation and support structures when people are released. Sentencing in this country is a joke and the repeat offenders know that jail time is unlikely. The repeat offenders should have a totalling up system so if they are initially supported and they still repeat, this should be taken into consideration with a harsher sentence next time.[/p][/quote]Have you read about Bastoy prison in Norway, Woodsedge? Quite astonishing: it's pretty much a holiday camp on an island. There's golf, fishing, farming, your own apartment and you are only confined to your apartment at night. Once you've served 5 years in a normal Norwegian prison, you can transfer there, provided that you make a commitment to rehabilitation. The reoffending rate in Britain is close to 70%. Bastoy's released prisoners - this includes murderers and rapists - have a reoffending rate of just 16%. I suspect some of this is down to the fact that Norway has much more of a respectful culture than we do here (i lived there for a couple of years), but some of it must also be down to the focus on rehabilitation. In the Norwegian system, removal of liberty is seen as the punishment. They don't see the need to treat prisoners like animals. My father (ex prison officer) will be rolling in his grave, incidentally, JamesYoung
  • Score: 6

10:53am Fri 16 May 14

heartfelt says...

Once again the Criminal Justice System has failed in its prime duty which is to protect the general public. This woman and her contemporaries will view this suspended sentence as a "result ", sending out the message that if you are female, Anything Goes.
Once again the Criminal Justice System has failed in its prime duty which is to protect the general public. This woman and her contemporaries will view this suspended sentence as a "result ", sending out the message that if you are female, Anything Goes. heartfelt
  • Score: 17

3:40pm Fri 16 May 14

Top Gear says...

Eating someones ear!!....Was that with chips, beans and cheese.??
Eating someones ear!!....Was that with chips, beans and cheese.?? Top Gear
  • Score: -12

5:00pm Fri 16 May 14

every user name was taken says...

Nomalice wrote:
Bring back temporary,floating prisons (as many as required) no suspended sentences for this type of offence. No early release for this type of offence.The message will eventually get through.
The former HMP Weare (now Jascon 27) is available for charter. Currently in use by her owners in Nigeria, but still available.
[quote][p][bold]Nomalice[/bold] wrote: Bring back temporary,floating prisons (as many as required) no suspended sentences for this type of offence. No early release for this type of offence.The message will eventually get through.[/p][/quote]The former HMP Weare (now Jascon 27) is available for charter. Currently in use by her owners in Nigeria, but still available. every user name was taken
  • Score: -2

6:25pm Fri 16 May 14

Mango man says...

Disgracefully lenient sentence for this chav scum.
Disgracefully lenient sentence for this chav scum. Mango man
  • Score: 20

8:15pm Fri 16 May 14

ksmain says...

Top Gear wrote:
Eating someones ear!!....Was that with chips, beans and cheese.??
Good job her attack wasn't aimed lower down - then it might have been sausage chips and beans.
[quote][p][bold]Top Gear[/bold] wrote: Eating someones ear!!....Was that with chips, beans and cheese.??[/p][/quote]Good job her attack wasn't aimed lower down - then it might have been sausage chips and beans. ksmain
  • Score: -6

8:47pm Fri 16 May 14

wurzelbasher says...

Pub grub!
Pub grub! wurzelbasher
  • Score: -4

9:35pm Fri 16 May 14

Under35andout says...

so you can bite peoples body parts off and recieve just suspended sentance
so you can bite peoples body parts off and recieve just suspended sentance Under35andout
  • Score: 5

10:31pm Fri 16 May 14

jamie-c says...

Mr Griffiths said it was not clear what had happened to the missing piece of ear but there were suggestions someone at the club had eaten it.

wait??? really, man i thought surf side was ropey......
Mr Griffiths said it was not clear what had happened to the missing piece of ear but there were suggestions someone at the club had eaten it. wait??? really, man i thought surf side was ropey...... jamie-c
  • Score: -6

8:24am Sat 17 May 14

cj07589 says...

woodsedge wrote:
I knew it wouldn't take long for another rationale debate to be hijacked!
What a surprise peddling intolerance once again? It's ok to blog here provided Mr. angry agrees.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: I knew it wouldn't take long for another rationale debate to be hijacked![/p][/quote]What a surprise peddling intolerance once again? It's ok to blog here provided Mr. angry agrees. cj07589
  • Score: 6

11:37am Sat 17 May 14

blobby96 says...

nice to see dusk is still attracting quality customers.....not
nice to see dusk is still attracting quality customers.....not blobby96
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Sat 17 May 14

Dorset69 says...

Oh yet again justice not being done
Oh yet again justice not being done Dorset69
  • Score: -1

6:20pm Sat 17 May 14

westbaywonder says...

Not the kind of girl you would take home to meet your Mother is it.
Strange looking girl.

More to this any way, how did she get her mouth that close to his ear in the first place?
Not the kind of girl you would take home to meet your Mother is it. Strange looking girl. More to this any way, how did she get her mouth that close to his ear in the first place? westbaywonder
  • Score: 1

9:42am Sun 18 May 14

not too distant says...

This is why I would never report anything to the police. Waste of time and effort. This lad had to attend the police station to give a statement (after going to hospital for treatment and a rabies jab no doubt), then attend court to give evidence, and all the attacker gets is bus fare home. He should have found where she lives and dealt with it personally - the only chance for any justice in this weak-wristed country.
This is why I would never report anything to the police. Waste of time and effort. This lad had to attend the police station to give a statement (after going to hospital for treatment and a rabies jab no doubt), then attend court to give evidence, and all the attacker gets is bus fare home. He should have found where she lives and dealt with it personally - the only chance for any justice in this weak-wristed country. not too distant
  • Score: 0

12:23am Tue 20 May 14

horselover65 says...

I think you all need to remeber how much a paper can make a story sound fantastical. Remeber outrages stories make news, doesnt mean that it is all completly true!
I think you all need to remeber how much a paper can make a story sound fantastical. Remeber outrages stories make news, doesnt mean that it is all completly true! horselover65
  • Score: 3

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