Beautician bit off partner’s nose and spat it on floor in ‘date night from hell’

A beautician bit off her boyfriend's nose during a "date night from hell" but won't spend any time in prison.

Bronwyn Downs, 26, savaged Luke Berry outside the Drawing Room bar in Bramhall, Cheshire, after they'd been thrown out for drunkenly scuffling with other customers.

Downs fled the scene and left bystanders to tend to her boyfriend. She was found slumped in a neighbouring street having taken an overdose of prescription tablets.

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Despite being permanently disfigured, Berry refused to cooperate with police investigating the attack and called for her to get help rather than punishment.

Downs admitted wounding at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, and was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 16 months.

Downs will also have to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation activity days.

No restraining order was issued at Berry's request.

Duncan Wilcock, prosecuting, said: "When the pair got outside the venue the defendant told the complainant that she had left her bag inside. He said he would sort it out but as he said this he realised that the defendant had clamped down onto his nose with her teeth and pulled.

"He recalls the defendant spitting the end of his nose, his nostrils, onto the floor. He then noticed a flood of blood on the floor. He asked for help from people around him and somebody called the ambulance and police."

In mitigation, defence counsel Mr Chudi Grant said: "This was not planned, it followed a verbal altercation that erupted out of very little. It was done in the heat of the moment and resulted in a horrendous outcome for her partner.

"They were in a happy relationship with few difficulties prior to this. She is petrified of going into immediate custody. She feels remorse, shown by the fact that she tried to overdose after the incident.

"She is trying to focus on the future. She is very much doing what she can to get her life back on track. This will live with her for the rest of her life. She is the author of her own misfortune and she is still coming to terms with what she's done."

Mr Recorder Michael Blakey told Downs while sentencing her: "This was an unwarranted attack. A nasty attack. Perhaps you were drinking more than you can cope with.

"The use of teeth is a weapon and the complainant has had to receive surgery as a result of this incident. You know that drink and drugs don't mix, you've got to take your pills but do not drink in excess once you have taken them.

"This offence is completely out of character, clearly you are remorseful and have considerable insight into what you did.

"You are an educated young woman that has suffered trauma at a young age and I believe there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation."

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