Leeds street biter jailed over attack on couple

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A WOMAN who bit a man’s finger down to the bone and tore chunks of hair out of his partner’s head during an unprovoked attack has been jailed.

Leanne Lyons, 23, was given a 16-month sentence over the drunken assault which took place in a street in Morley.

A court heard Lyons caught a taxi from Leeds city centre to Morley on the evening of May 17.

David Godfrey, prosecuting, said Lyons became aggressive and banged on the dashboard when the taxi reached its destination.

The driver called out to a couple as they walked past and asked them to call the police.

Lyons got out of the vehicle as the female victim rang police on her mobile phone and went towards her. She head butted the woman’s boyfriend as he tried to stop her.

Lyons then punched the woman and grabbed her by the hair, causing the £300 phone to smash. The woman had clumps of hair pulled out of her head during the attack.

The mother-of-two then walked away but returned to continue the attack. She head butted the man for a second time and then grabbed the woman and then pulled her to the ground.

Her boyfriend tried to pull Lyons off but she bit his middle finger and refused to let go.

The court heard he blacked out during the attack as he was in excruciating pain.

Lyons only released the bite when police arrived and pulled her away.

The couple needed hospital treatment after the attack.

Lyons, of New Bank Street, Morley, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and two offences of criminal damage.

Jane Dodson, mitigating, said Lyons was full or “remorse and self-disgust” for what she had done. Miss Dodson said Lyons did not want to excuse her behaviour. She had been drinking at a family party before the incident and had behaved out of character.

Jailing Lyons, Recorder Richard Woolfall said: “It was a sustained assault on two victims.”

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