A PREGNANT teenager sobbed as she was locked up for biting another girl’s nose in a pub argument which left the victim scarred for life.
Leah Dixon, 19, who had spent the day drinking, sank her teeth into the victim’s nose at a charity event in The Hour Glass pub, in Owton Manor, Hartlepool.
It is a lesson to all who drink to excessRecorder Tim Gittins
A judge said he was amazed Dixon, who is now eight weeks pregnant, was even conscious given the amount of alcohol she had drank and said the case should serve as a warning against the dangers of binge drinking.
Prosecutor Emma Atkinson said Dixon approached the victim, who the Mail has agreed not to name, at the charity race night because Dixon thought the group of girls the victim was with were staring at her.
Miss Atkinson said: “The victim told her to leave it but the defendant was quite agitated.
“She confronted the victim, grabbed her by the hair, puled her head down and bit down hard on her nose.”
Dixon bit right through one of victim’s nostrils and through the cartilage of the septum.
She had to have surgery and needed several stitches, but has been left with visible scars which she tries to hide with make up.
The victim was in court too see Dixon, who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on October 11, sentenced to three years’ detention.
In a statement read in court the victim said: “I still feel upset because I have done nothing wrong but have been left with permanent facial scars.”
Jim Withyman, mitigating, said references showed Dixon, who had no previous convictions, was usually a decent young woman who was highly regarded by her family and people who know her.
Mr Withyman said: “This day she drank a lot of alcohol; far, far more than she usually would.
“It has had a toxic effect on her. She is frightened that she had that within her.”
Mr Withyman said Dixon, of Crowland Road, Hartlepool, had shown genuine remorse adding: “It was a moment of madness that was drink induced.”
Recorder Tim Gittins said: “If this case does nothing else, it is a lesson to all who drink to excess, binge drinking as it’s colloquially termed, and the dangers of doing so.”
He added: “I have seen the estimates you gave of the sorts of quantities of spirits you had been drinking and it is a wonder you weren’t unconscious let alone able to engage in this sort of behaviour.
“It was fortunate you didn’t take any part of her nose away with you.
“I hope the message goes out, and you need to learn it from here on in, that in drink violence often follows when that drink is taken to excess.”