Mold man bit chunk off partner's ear in attack


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN viciously attacked his partner after watching the first England World Cup match, biting off part of her ear and fracturing her jaw.

David Barr’s victim was throttled and feared she would be killed.

But a court heard how the couple said she had fallen over the dog when she received medical treatment.

The matter was not reported to the police until a week later – a friend who was concerned when she saw the state the victim was in contacted officers.

Barr, 38, admitted a charge of wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Mold Crown Court.

He will be sentenced next month and was told to expect a lengthy custodial sentence.

Barr was bailed by Judge Rhys Rowlands to live with his mother at Heol Nanteos, Penparcau, Aberystwyth, he is not to be drunk in a public place and he is not to approach the complainant or prosecution witnesses either himself, via a third party, or through social media.

Barr, a business development manager who worked at NWN Media Ltd at Mold, appeared at a preliminary hearing but asked that the charge should be put to him immediately.

He then admitted unlawfully wounding Gemma Dykins on June 14 at the home they shared at Bryn Garmon in Mold.

Damian Sabino, defending, said he was a man of previous good character who had co-operated fully. He was pragmatic about the ultimate sentence but wanted time to put his affairs in order.

An earlier hearing in the magistrates court heard how he attacked her and tried to strangle her.

He broke her jaw and bit off part of her ear.

Police attended and noted that she had troubling injuries, extensive bruising to the face and body, there was a dressing to her left ear and they arrested Barr on suspicion of assault. He told police “It was just an accident.”

She provided a statement in which she said she had been in a relationship with him since November 2013 after meeting through Facebook.

He moved in with her in January 2014. At that point she noticed he drank alcohol daily, they argued and she was frightened of him.

On June 14 she and the defendant had been drinking all day and they sat up to watch the first England match in the World Cup.

At midnight she was on the phone and he grabbed it off her to look at its contents.

He followed her to the kitchen and was very angry. His fists were clenched and he was shouting at her. He punched her hard to the left side of her face, she hit her head on the tiled floor and she lost consciousness. Prosecutor Matthew Ellis said Barr was “pumping” up and down, shouting at her and calling her names.

He punched her to the side of the face again, he knelt down over her and bit her left ear and she felt a sharp pain and there was a lot of blood.

He put his hand around her neck and started to strangle her. She could not breathe and she genuinely thought he was going to kill her. The defendant picked her up and put her on the sofa.

She fell in and out of consciousness, she was unable to walk and she believed Barr thought he had killed her and appeared to calm down. He helped her upstairs and she had an overwhelming urge to sleep because of the injuries.

The following morning Barr called the ambulance, she was taken to hospital where she was found to have a hairline fracture of the jaw, multiple soft tissue injuries and bruising, and part of her ear had been bitten off.

Initially she denied there had been a domestic incident and said she had fallen over the dog. That was challenged and she confided that she had been assaulted but would not make a complaint.

Interviewed, Barr admitted assault but did not remember biting her ear. He could not explain the injury other than she had fallen in the bathroom and hit her head – the ear could have come off then, he claimed. The assault came about because of “trust issues”.

He believed she had been texting another man and was suspicious that she was doing that again.

Barr said he locked her out of the house for a short time while he looked through her phone and felt “incalculable hurt” and “saw red” and assaulted her and smashed her phone in anger.

He had never done anything like that before. He denied strangling her or intending to take her life.

Barr said he sat up all night to look after her and was horrified by the injuries.

She did not want to get him into any trouble and they came up with the story that she had fallen over the dog. He went with her to the hospital, he had looked after her for a week, was full of remorse for what he had done and was very sorry.

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