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East Bergholt: Man jailed for biting off his wife’s ear

19:44 27 January 2014

Damian Chwedczuk, who was jailed for grievous bodily harm

Damian Chwedczuk, who was jailed for grievous bodily harm

A supermarket worker who bit off part of his wife’s ear during a savage attack after she asked him to move out has been locked up for nearly five years.

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Following the attack Debbie Chwedczuk saw part of her ear on the floor and had picked it up before running to get help from a friend, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said that since losing part of her ear Mrs Chwedczuk had been to see a plastic surgeon and faced surgery to repair the damage.

The court heard that Mrs Chwedczuk and her husband Damian had been married for three years and were living in a caravan at East Bergholt when their relationship became strained last year.

Mrs Chwedczuk had noticed her husband was drinking heavily and they got to the stage in early September where they discussed separating, said Mr Crimp.

She told her husband to pack his things and leave but he had refused. On September 7 Mrs Chwedsczuk decided to go and stay the night at a friend’s and when she went to the caravan to pack a bag her husband had smiled at her, said Mr Crimp.

When she asked why he was smiling he had punched her in the mouth, kicked her in the back and poked her in the eyes.

“The next thing she knew he bit the upper area of her right ear,” said Mr Crimp.

He said that as Mrs Chwedczuk staggered away she saw part of her ear on the floor and had picked it up and took it with her as she ran away.

Mr Crimp said Chwedczuk told police he had been annoyed with his wife and wanted to hurt her. He said he had intended to bite her nose but she had covered her face and he had decided to bite her ear instead.

Chwedczuk, 32, of Straight Road, East Bergholt, admitted wounding his wife with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm and was jailed for four years and 11 months.

He was also banned from contacting her indefinitely.

Noel Casey, for Chwedczuk, said his client had no previous convictions and had worked at a local supermarket with his wife.

In the past he had some mental health issues but there was no evidence he was suffering from a psychiatric illness.

After the attack he had waited at the caravan until police arrived and since the incident he had expressed remorse for what he had done.

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