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

5:00am Friday 16th May 2014

By Harry Hogger

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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