Woman sentenced for biting a chunk out of young mum's cheek

23/09/2016

A woman who bit a chunk out of the cheek of a young mum has been sentenced.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Claire McCluskey, 30, assaulted the woman at a house in Garstang Road in Southport in the early hours of Thursday 25 February.

McCluskey had been drinking with the woman and a few other friends at the house and the atmosphere had been friendly for most of the evening.

However, later the victim thought that McCluskey seemed to be drunk and suggested she leave, which McCluskey did.

But she returned shortly after and there was an argument between the two. McCluskey punched her and then bit a chunk of skin, estimated at around two inches by two inches, out of her cheek.

The woman was taken to Southport Hospital were the injury was dressed and she was referred to Whiston Hospital. Two days later a skin graft was done by taking tissues from her upper right arm and grafting this onto the injury.

Doctors estimated her recovery would take around nine months and the injury could leave her with permanent scarring. McCluskey later pleaded guilty to assault.

Geoffrey Fryar, Senior District Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: "This was a vicious attack. The women had been enjoying a sociable drink earlier in the evening and its unclear why they started arguing.

"As a result of this assault, McCluskey has now been given a two year jail term, suspended for two years, ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and do 180 hours of unpaid community work.

"Her victim has been badly affected and is permanently scarred, despite the best efforts of surgeons.

"In a Victim Personal Statement, she told the court that she is reminded of the assault everytime she gets up in the morning and looks in the mirror."