'Cowardly, shameful and grotesque' attack on girlfriend
THE culprit of a "brutal" attack on a young woman has been jailed for more than two years.
Grant Masterson, of Ilkeston, bit his then girlfriend's face during an argument.
Julie Warburton, prosecuting, said the victim had struck 20-year-old Masterson on the face during an argument in a street near his home in Taylor Street, Ilkeston.
Miss Warburton said: "He pushed her against a nearby wall and bit the right side of her face. She said she remembers seeing him grimace and his face shake until he released the bite. It caused immediate pain.
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"It was a particularly nasty injury that required five stitches."
Miss Warburton said Masterson had previous convictions for battery and another similar offence. She said: "He bit another ex-partner on the shoulder on July 17, 2010."
Quentin Robbins, defending Masterson, said that his client had been well-behaved during his time in custody and truly understood what he had become.
Mr Robbins said: "The four months inside have given him time to reflect on what he has done.
"He has a long-standing problem with cannabis but has stopped smoking.
"He has engaged in various courses and has kept himself to himself."
Judge John Gosling said of the attack on November 29: "For a man to attack a woman in any circumstance is a cowardly and shameful thing. To bite her causing a grave disfiguring injury is grotesque.
"She has to live with a constant reminder of what you did."
Masterson was serving a nine-month suspended sentence for producing a class B drug when he committed the assault and pleaded guilty to an assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He was jailed for two years and eight months for the assault and breaching his suspended sentence.