Lover ‘bit and scratched me’
A‘FRIENDS with benefits’ agreement came to an end when a man was attacked as he lay in bed with his lover.
Michelle Wardle’s onslaught left her former partner bloody and with scratches and bite marks, a court was told, and he locked himself in her bathroom in fear.
The hearing heard that the pair had previously been in a relationship, but after it broke down continued to see each other informally.
But when the pair spent the night at 41-year-old Wardle’s home on Davies Street, Macclesfield, after an evening drinking alcohol, she attacked him, the hearing was told.
Injuries the victim sustained included bites to his arm and scratches on his face, back and chest.
Wardle admitted assault at a hearing at Maccles- field Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (January 29).
Simon Pover, prosecuting, told the court: “In a statement to police the victim said that she would hit him sometimes for no reason when they were in a relationship but he never reported it.
“After they broke up they continued to have sexual relations, he described it as ‘friends with benefits’.
“On the night in question they had been to a friend’s drinking alcohol. He said when they left she was tipsy.
“They went back to her home and everything was fine, she was talking about her job.
“The victim says when they were going to bed she appeared agitated. They were in bed having a cuddle and she just changed, she started biting his arm, hurting him.”
Mr Pover told the court that Wardle launched a second attack after seeming to calm down, and the victim was held by the throat, bit on the arm again, and scratched on his back and chest.
Mr Pover added: “The victim said she had attacked him before but never like this.
“He said ‘I told her she could not do this to me and I could not take it any more. She launched at me again, she clawed and scratched at my face and hit me. When she has a drink she becomes a horrible monster. At one point she pretended to kiss me then bit me again. After she went downstairs I called the police’.”
After the final attack the court heard that the victim locked himself in the bathroom until the police arrived. An officer took pictures of his injuries which were shown to magistrates during the hearing.
Ruth Oakes, defending Wardle, told the court: “She has pleaded guilty.
“The root cause is emotional upset - she is trying to cope.”
Wardle was handed a 12 month supervision order, ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and must pay £400 costs and £200 compensation to the victim. She was also made the subject of a restraining order not to contact the victim or enter the street on which he lives.
●● Michelle Wardle