A DRUNK hairdresser bit a university student’s thumb so hard it broke during a boozy nightclub attack, a court heard.
Laurice Weild, 25, launched a savage attack on Ella Stimpson, 19, after stepping on her toe outside the bar in Newport, South Wales.
A court heard Ella shouted “get off my toe” but as she bent over to check her foot Weild threw her to the ground by her hair during the attack in December, 2019.
Prosecutor Emma Harris said: “The defendant used both hands, grabbing her hair and pulling her to the ground.”
Miss Harris said that when biomedical science student Ella was on the floor Weild punched her three times.
She said Ella got to her feet but Weild grabbed her hand and bit hard into her thumb.
Miss Harris said: “She did not let go, even as others were pulling her away.
“She continued to bite down with some pressure before eventually letting go.”
Newport Crown Court heard Ella’s injured thumb “was bleeding” after the attack at The Courtyard bar.
Ella asked a friend to take her home to her doctor mum and the next morning she went to hospital with a fractured thumb and damage nailbed.
Miss Harris said university student Ella had to miss many of her first year exams as she could not write properly following damage to her thumb.
She said: “There’s a possibility surgery may be needed to correct the injury in the thumb.”
Weild, of Cwmbran, South Wales, was arrested and at first told police she couldn’t remember the drunken attack, but later admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Richard Ace, defending, said: “She went out, she drank too much, she committed what is a relatively horrific attack. She accepts that. The defendant was horrified by her behaviour.
“The victim did absolutely nothing that night except go out with her friends, and she has walked away with an injury.”
You were acting aggressively before that. It was a heavy bite which caused damage to the nail bed and also fractured the tip of the thumb
Judge Neil Bidder
Judge Neil Bidder said delays to the case coming to court meant he could not jail Weild straight away.
He told her: “You were acting aggressively before that.
“It was a heavy bite which caused damage to the nail bed and also fractured the tip of the thumb.
“It really affected her first year of study. It is hoped it won’t affect her studies in the long-term, but without a doubt it affected her in the short term.”
Weild was handed a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.
She must also pay £500 compensation to Ella and £579 in costs and surcharge.
Judge Bidder told her if she committed any further crimes: “That’s the end of that – you are off to prison.”
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