How on earth would someone do this? A jealous boyfriend left his girlfriend covered in blood and convinced her top lip had come off when he bit her during a kiss.
Rhys Culley, of South Shields, Tyneside, had asked Chanttelle Ward if he loved her before he sank his teeth into her face during the horrific attack.
Prosecutors said the 23-year-old had been jealous and insecure about what the 18-year-old could get up to while he was working away when he decided to disfigure her.
Jurors at Newcastle Crown Court saw pictures of teeth marks in Miss Ward’s upper lip after the attack, during which he smeared her own blood around her face and forced his tongue in her mouth.
Culley, who had been in a relationship with Miss Ward for more than two years, denied wounding with intent but was found guilty after a trial.
He will be sentenced next month and has now been remanded in custody
What caused it?
They had been celebrating Miss Ward’s mother’s birthday and at about 10.30pm Miss Ward, the defendant and her aunt Susan Stewart shared a taxi home, dropping her aunt off first.
When the defendant and his girlfriend got back to her house, the mood of the night changed. The defendant brought up a conversation that his girlfriend had had with another man on Facebook earlier in the month.
The defendant then took Miss Ward’s phone off her in a bid to look through her Facebook messages.
After Culley had bitten his victim, he ‘rubbed his face in hers, smearing the blood across her face and then he stuck his tongue into her mouth
The court heard how when he found that the messages were no longer there he became angry and started to shout at Miss Ward accusing her of having something to hide.
At this point, Miss Ward told the court, she realised that something was wrong and that this wasn’t a ‘normal’ argument for the pair, who had been together for almost two and a half years.
She became scared and lifted her phone to call the defendant’s mother to ask her to come and get him.
But Culley is said to have taken the phone from his victim, he also locked the doors so that she couldn’t escape.
Later, when her phone was left unattended she made an emergency call but Culley again took the phone from her.
Miss Dowling said that after Culley had bitten his victim, he ‘rubbed his face in hers, smearing the blood across her face and then he stuck his tongue into her mouth’.
‘When the police arrived they saw that they both had blood on them and over their faces.’
Culley was arrested and Miss Ward was taken to hospital to have her injuries examined.
She suffered not only the injuries to her mouth, but bruising to her arms and body, a scratch to her left breast and bruising of the face and ear.
During his evidence Culley said he did not mean to harm his ‘beautiful’ girlfriend, who he knew he was lucky to have.