A woman who savagely bit off another woman’s ear in a drunken fight has been jailed for five years.
Paula Hammond, 42, attacked Gail Lowe at Alverthorpe Working Men’s Club in Wakefield when a fight broke out between their two husbands.
Hammond sank her teeth into the left ear of her 39 year-old victim before repeatedly punching her.
Club-goers watched in horror as she tore off a chunk and spat it out, which someone put in a glass to preserve it.
Mrs Lowe needed 30 stitches to reattach the severed ear but is still undergoing reconstructive surgery and is suffering lasting psychological damage.
Hammond had pleaded self-defence but was convicted at Leeds Crown Court of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Graham O’Sullivan, prosecuting, said: “One witness saw her biting her ear. There was after that several punches delivered to Mrs Lowe’s head.”
He added: “The severed ear was picked up by someone who had the presence of mind to put it into a glass.”
He said Mrs Lowe later needed ‘something in the region of 30 stitches in the hope it would heal’ and said: “Mrs Lowe has been left with an area of tissue which is dead and has needed reconstruction which is ongoing.”
James Littlehales, for Hammond, described the offence as “on the spur of the moment”, saying: “This clearly is a tragic case for all concerned.
“It is a very unusual case for a woman and totally out of character.
“She has appreciated what she has done and its psychological effect on the victim. She has genuine remorse.”
Hammond, of Wakefield, remained seated in a grey knitted jumper in the dock last Friday as His Honour Judge Neil Clark said: “You have been convicted of a very serious offence.
Hammond was jailed for five years, which the judge added was aggravated by the fact she was “drunk at the time”.