Attacker bit his girlfriend’s lip in row over pervert claims

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AN attacker who bit his girlfriend over claims she had called him a pervert has been spared jail.

Stephen Bates, 24, sunk his teeth into Amanda Davies’ bottom lip when a row broke out as he walked her to a bus stop last September.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the couple, who have since split, had been drinking at his home and things “took a turn for the worse” when they got outside.

Prosecutor Claire Anderson told the court: “The defendant accused her of calling him a pervert and a nonce.

“It was then that he took hold of her, lent in and bit her on the lower lip. She suffered a small cut on her lip. There was no permanent injury.”

Bates accepted during questioning he “should not have bit her” and said he did not know why he had done it.

Miss Anderson told the court police have been involved twice in the past because of Bates’ behaviour towards Miss Davies. Bates, of Peasmore Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to common assault.

He was on a suspended sentence for robbery at the time.

Miss Recorder Sarah Mallet sentenced him to a community order for two years with programme requirements.

The judge told him: “You accused her of calling you names and for no apparent reason you grabbed her and bit her lip, causing a small cut but no permanent harm.

“That was against the background of domestic violence.

“The next time I don’t think a judge will say you can avoid serving a prison sentence.

“This is your last chance on the suspended sentence.”

Vic Laffey, defending, said Bates has worked well with the probation service since he received the suspended sentence last May.

He added: “The relationship is over, there is no contact between Mr Bates and that partner.”