Would-be teacher 'bit woman in self-defence'
A YOUNG woman from Falmouth was left with an open and bleeding wound after being bitten in the face during a night out, a court heard.
Abi Ellis, 20, of Penarrow Close, went on trial on Tuesday at Truro Crown Court accused of assaulting Katie Roberts and causing her actual bodily harm.
Thomas Bradnock, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Miss Roberts was out for the evening with a group of friends celebrating her brother's birthday.
Ellis was also celebrating a friend's birthday and although both are former pupils at Falmouth School, they are not friends.
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The two groups ended up inside the L2 nightclub on Calenick Street in Truro in the early hours of December 18, 2011, where Ellis spilt her drink on Miss Roberts and the pair exchanged words.
That was the end of the incident until the venue closed and Ellis tried to get into Miss Robert's pre-booked taxi.
Miss Roberts told the court: "I was obviously very shocked that she was in my brother's taxi and I said, 'what is she doing?' ... She launched at me and by that time her teeth were in my cheek and gripped on very tightly ... I touched my cheek and there was blood on my hand.
"I was very emotional."
The wound later became infected and Miss Roberts, who reported the incident to the police, was prescribed antibiotics.
Ellis told the court that after the attack she decided to spend Christmas in Ireland with her uncle because she wanted to get away from talk in Falmouth, which she described as a small place, about the incident.
The following January she left for Thailand where she spent nine months teaching English and was not arrested until afterwards.
Mr Bradnock said Ellis refused to answer questions during her police interview and had been cautioned by police in June 2011 for a similar incident involving another girl.
He told her: "You bit her I suggest because that is what you do when you lose your temper, isn't it? You bite.
"It is what happened almost a year previously with a different girl."
Ellis, who denies the charge against her, responded: "I bit her because she was hurting me."
She said she bit Miss Roberts in self-defence because she was being attacked.
Ellis, who is working at Tesco in Helston and as a receptionist, said she was going to university next month and wants to be a teacher.
The trial continues.