Man tried to chew his wife’s nose off

Police incident

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A man has admitted trying to chew off his wife’s nose during a terrifying booze-fuelled attack in the early hours.

Andrew Bate pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting Christina Edwards by beating.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court heard that on Sunday, July 12, the pair, who had been in a relationship for nine years, had been at their house drinking throughout the day with friends.

Then at 1am, when everybody had left and the children were in bed, the couple went outside.

Prosecuting, Tess Kenyon explained that once outside Bate became aggressive.

The 31-year-old punched Ms Edwards twice in the face, causing her lip and nose to bleed.

He then began making a “growling” sound before grabbing both of the victim’s arms and pulling her towards him before biting her nose, puncturing the skin.

Ms Edwards’s nose was bleeding, she also suffered from swelling and bruising on both her lip and nose and police were called to the house.

The prosecution told the court that since the incident, the victim had submitted a retraction statement as she did not want her husband to get a criminal record or have it affect his work.

But reading from a witness statement, Ms Kenyon also said that there had been alcohol-related violence in the past which began a year into the couple’s relationship.

Defending, Peter Moran said that the victim wanted to put the matter behind her as soon as possible.

Bate, of Claycroft Bungalows, Leigh, has been released on conditional bail while a report is prepared by probation, providing he resides at his parents address and doesn’t visit his marital home or contact the victim unless he is with a third party.

He will return to Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court on August 3 for sentence.