Would-be teacher who bit woman guilty of assault
A WOULD-BE teacher from Falmouth who attacked another girl on a night out by biting her face has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.
Abi Ellis, 20, of Penarrow Close, who is planning to take up a place studying English literature and language at Brighton University in just a few weeks, has been found guilty of assaulting Katie Roberts and causing her actual bodily harm.
The attack took place on December 18, 2011, outside Truro’s L2 nightclub.
Ellis had got into a taxi pre-booked by Miss Roberts and her friends who were out celebrating a birthday.
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When Miss Roberts asked why she was in the taxi, Ellis launched onto the woman, who was in the year above her at Falmouth School, biting her hard on the left cheek.
Miss Roberts was left with a bleeding and open wound to her face, which later became infected and required antibiotics.
Ellis went on trial on Tuesday at Truro Crown Court where she denied the charge but was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday.
Sentencing, Recorder James Waddington, said told her she had come close to going to jail.
He said: “The matter has taken a long time (to come to court) because you made yourself scarce after this incident. You decided to go out of the area, no doubt hoping that matters would calm down ... Be in no doubt that this was a serious assault and it is futile trying to offload responsibility onto your unfortunate victim.
“(It was) wholly unacceptable, violent and extremely antisocial.”
Ellis was ordered to carry out a community order for 12 months and undertake 180 hours unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation to her victim.