Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woman, 55, Inflicted a Sustained Attack on Neighbour; Victim Feared for Her Life

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woman, 55, Inflicted a Sustained Attack on Neighbour; Victim Feared for Her Life

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFFOT @GazetteCourt

A WOMAN bit her nextdoor neighbour's nose and pulled her hair out in a drunken attack, a court heard.

Jean Collins, 55, faced a potential prison sentence of up to four years for the "sustained and repeated assault" on her neighbour.

The victim said she feared she would not get out of Collins' home alive, Teesside Crown Court heard.

A judge was given differing accounts of the violence which erupted on the evening of October 20 last year. The victim said she found Collins drunk and angry when she was invited to Collins' home on Ensign Court, Hartlepool.

Prosecutor Emma Atkinson said Collins "seemed to vent her frustrations" on her neighbour, coming at her and trying to grab her.

She said as the neighbour went to leave, Collins grabbed her, dragged her to the floor, pulled her hair out and bit her left ear, nose and hand, ignoring her pleas to be let go.

The bloodied victim fled and ran to another neighbour's home.

In a statement, she said she thought Collins was a friend, could not believed what she did and thought she was going to kill her.

A judge saw photos of her injuries, including a bald patch to her head with "a lot of hair missing".

She had bruising and swelling to her left eye, cuts to her nose and left ear and a bruised jaw.

Collins gave a different version of events, claiming her neighbour started the violence after they drank together.

She said her neighbour punched her, grabbed her hair, dragged her to the floor and said she would "chew your face off ".

She admitted getting on top of the victim, punching her in the face, grabbing her hair, biting her nose and hand and pulling her earring but not biting the ear.

The Crown had rejected Collins' account, but the sentencing judge appeared to accept it. …

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