Woman bitten on arm

A WOMAN who was bitten on the arm when she tried to stop her friend being attacked ended up being arrested by police.

Michaela Watt was out with friends when a fight broke out at Loons bar, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool.

Her friend was being assaulted by another woman so the 20-year-old stepped in to help and was bitten on the arm.

Police turned up and saw Watt punching this woman in the face so she was arrested.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “Officers were sent to Loons bar where a number of females were reported to be fighting.

“The defendant was seen to have punched another woman and was then seen to be sitting down on some steps at the front of the public house.

“She was detained by police.”

Watt, who has four previous convictions on her record including one for shoplifting, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on February 27.

Mitigating, Barry Gray said: “Miss Watt was at Loons bar with a friend and then that friend was attacked.

“My client went to her aid and while she was disengaging her friend from her attacker she was bitten on the arm and you can still see the mark on her arm from that.

“As a result of being bitten she punched the other girl.

“Police came, saw her sitting on the step and arrested her. She accepts that there was an element of disorderliness but there was also a degree of provocation.”

Chairman of the bench John Jenkins sentenced Watt, of Arkley Crescent, Hartlepool, to a 12-month conditional discharge.