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Woman who bit boyfriend's scrotum given suspended sentence

PUBLISHED November 11, 2011

Maria Topp attacked boyfriend during drunken row leaving him needing 19 stitches, court told A mother of four who admitted biting her boyfriend's scrotum during a drunken row has been given a suspended jail term. Maria Topp, 44, from Gateshead, attacked Martin Douglas at his flat in Newcastle upon Tyne in February. The 45-year-old DJ needed 19 stitches to a wound on his scrotum. The recorder at Newcastle crown court handed Topp a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months. He also ordered her to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and imposed a restraining order preventing her from contacting Douglas. Recorder Robin Mairs said: "This relationship is over, I think both of you accept that." Topp had previously pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing. That hearing was told that the pair, who had been in a relationship for about five years, had been drinking at the time of the attack, which Topp did not remember. Douglas has since made a full recovery. Mairs said to Topp: "You bit his scrotum with enough force to rip his skin. "It must have been excruciatingly painful." Crime © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds