Five year sentence for drunken assault


A drunken reveller who permanently disfigured a woman by biting a hole in her cheek was sentenced to five years imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court last week.

Kerry Wickson, aged 32, attacked another woman outside the Cross Keys Public House, Erdington in the early hours of 26 November 2010. She was arrested at the scene of the attack and was later charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to which she pleaded guilty to.

 Madhu Rai, Crown Advocate for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was an extremely violent and unprovoked assault on a woman who was simply enjoying a night out with her friends.

 "A dispute took place between individuals who were drinking at the pub. The victim went outside to see what was happening and the defendant began arguing with her. She was then punched in the face and arms which made her fall to the ground. At this stage, Ms Wickson climbed on top of the victim and deliberately lent forward and bit off a piece of her cheek.

 "The attack has left the victim extremely traumatised and due to the extent of her injuries, a skin graft was needed on her cheek, but she is still left her with a permanent scar.  

 "We hope that the five year sentence imposed on Ms Wickson acts as a deterrent to others from committing such vicious and mindless acts. In this case, alcohol clearly played a part in the attack and has had devastating consequences for both the victim and the defendant."   

 Kerry Wickson was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 24 June 2011. She had pleaded guilty to the offence on 18 May 2011.