4:19pm Friday 1st November 2013
By Stuart Arnold
A WOMAN screamed at a judge from the dock as her boyfriend was jailed for five years for biting a man's ear off.
Shannon Shaw shouted and swore at The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Simon Bourne-Arton after he jailed Kyle Peebles, forcing the judge to warn her about her behaviour and to show some respect.
Judge Bourne-Arton said Peebles had been responsible for a “mean and cowardly” attack.
Prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, Paul Newcombe explained how Peebles attacked the victim after the two men and Shaw had gone to an address in Grangetown, near Middlesbrough, in the early hours of June 12 this year to buy cannabis.
Peebles, of Yearby Close, Eston, east Cleveland, asked the victim for £40 cash as he did not have any money, but while the complainant was speaking to the dealer on the telephone he was then punched in the face by the defendant.
Peebles, 24, said: “You have been taxed you nonce” and the pair then began to fight.
During the fight Shaw, who lives in Thorndyke Avenue, Middlesbrough, kicked the victim in the ribs and Peebles held him in a headlock.
Mr Newcombe described how at this point the complainant, who was said to be getting the better of Peebles, then felt a “massive pain” in his right ear and had blood running down the side of his face.
He saw Peebles spit something out and triumphantly proclaim: “You have only got half an ear”.
The defendants then made off with the man's cash and phone.
Mr Newcombe said the victim suffered a four centimetre bite through the cartilage along the top of his ear.
He said: “He is hoping to get the ear back and it will be grown on his neck.”
Tom Mitchell, for Peebles, who was convicted after a trial of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, said: “It is obvious that both [Peebles and Shaw] were under the influence and there was alcohol and drugs in the mix.”
Peebles embraced his co-accused as he was jailed for five years. Shaw then turned on the judge, swearing and calling the sentence a “joke”.
The 19-year-old, who admitted theft and common assault, was given a community order by the judge to last two years.
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