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Thursday, 20 November 2014

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Jail for Cumbrian mum who bit woman's face during row

A mum who left another woman permanently disfigured after biting her face in a drunken rage has been jailed.

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Samantha Campbell, of Workington: Pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and was jailed for two years

Samantha Campbell, 36, sunk her teeth into 43-year-old Andrea Rafferty‘s nose after a drinking binge ended in a row about babies.

Campbell, of Moss Bay Road, Workington, who was pregnant at the time, was originally charged with wounding Ms Rafferty with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

But that charge was dropped when she pleaded guilty to the less serious offence of unlawful wounding.

And at Carlisle Crown Court, the reformed heroin addict was jailed for two years.

Prosecuting counsel Guy Mathieson told the court the two women were at a male friend’s flat at 4am on September 16 when they started arguing “about babies, lost babies and the like”.

In the “heated row” that followed, Ms Rafferty grabbed Campbell’s arm in an attempt to “manhandle” her out of the flat.

But, Mr Mathieson said, Campbell, who had been drinking, grabbed her hair with both hands, then lunged forwards, “locking her teeth” onto her nose.

A man who was with them and managed to split them up said it was “quite horrific to see” so much blood pouring from the injury.

But Campbell managed to escape his hold and lunged at her victim again, this time biting her neck.

When arrested Campbell, who had a black eye and swollen lip, told police she only reacted in self defence.

In mitigation, defence barrister David Birrell said: “Neither of these women covered themselves in glory that night.”

Their old “background of animosity” had flared up.

He said the attack was “not unprovoked”, but was an “instinctive reaction” to Ms Rafferty’s behaviour.

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Hughes QC said Campbell had no excuse.

“Whatever were the rights and wrongs of the argument, they cannot provide any justification for what you did to Andrea Rafferty in the early hours of that morning,” he told her.

“To bite someone on the nose with such a degree of ferocity that you cut through the nasal tissue as you did, is an absolutely appalling thing to do,” he added.

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