AN attacker who bit off part of a love rival’s ear as he slept in his girlfriend’s bed has been jailed for six years.
Colin May ripped off a section of Craig Longmore’s lobe with his teeth and bit his neck during the shocking attack in March.
Newcastle Crown Court heard May, who was on two suspended sentences, had turned up at his ex-girlfriend’s house in Hetton in the early hours and flipped when he found out she had a new man.
His visit to the house was just hours after he had launched an attack on his current girlfriend, who he drove to a secluded spot and dumped on the roadside.
She escaped with just minor injuries after flagging down an ambulance which was passing by chance.
May, 23, of Fairview, West Rainton, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault and driving offences.
Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: “Mr Longmore suffered partial loss of his ear lobe, needed stitches, and suffered permanent disfigurement.
“He had a bite mark on his neck and in his statement he speaks of his shock and distress as a result of the disfigurement he has been caused.”
The court heard the cartlidge in Mr Longmore’s ear was left exposed after the horror attack.
Prosecutor Paul Currer told the court May had been let into the house by his ex-girlfriend’s relative and there was no trouble initially.
Mr Currer said: “The defendant learned his ex-girlfriend was now with another partner, a new man, who was upstairs in bed. She had been asleep with him.
“The defendant became agitated, took his shirt off in an agitated state.
“He went upstairs to the bedroom, where Mr Longmore was asleep on the bed.
“He approached him, bent down and bit his right ear, biting a chunk of flesh from the ear and caused significant injury.
“Understandably, Mr Longmore was woken from sleep by the pain and experience.”
The court heard May has previous convictions, but none for anything so serious.
Vic Laffey, defending, said May suffered a serious injury in 2011 and almost died.
he added: “His behaviour deteriorated since then.”