‘DOC­TOR WIFE SLICED OPEN HUBBY’S BALLS WITH HER NAILS’ Row af­ter night out, court told

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A DOC­TOR ripped her hus­band’s scro­tum with her long fin­ger­nails dur­ing a drunken row, a court heard.

Vianey Man­zanillo De La Cruz, 32, grabbed hold of Alexan­dre Da­band’s pri­vates as he tried to throw her out of their flat.

The banker’s ball­bag was ripped open in the at­tack and he had to have stitches.

De La Cruz also at­tacked the French­man with an um­brella and threat­ened him with a knife af­ter he was sick fol­low­ing a tequila binge, jurors were told.

M. Da­band, who works for So­ci­ete Gen­erale, spent the night in hospi­tal.

His now es­tranged wife, who is from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, was ar­rested but told cops she only acted in self de­fence when she scratched her spouse’s cobs.

The prose­cu­tor told the court: “The in­jury in this case is caused by her grab­bing hold of the tes­ti­cles with her nails and ac­tu­ally rip­ping the skin.

“The is­sue re­ally in this case is not did the de­fen­dant cause the in­jury but whether or not she did so un­law­fully.”

The court heard that Man­zanillo was train­ing in medicine in Spain while her hus­band was work­ing in fi­nance in Lon­don in April last year.

She was vis­it­ing for the week­end and the pair had been drink­ing tequila shots be­fore head­ing out to a club.

But they were too late to use their VIP tick­ets and M. Da­band, who had drunk more than his wife, was sick af­ter they were turned away from the venue.

He was sick again on their way back to their flat in Ber­mond­sey, south Lon­don, and went straight to the bath­room to vomit again when they got in, the Old Bai­ley heard.

M. Da­band ad­mit­ted grab­bing his wife’s hair af­ter she at­tacked him and tried to throw her out.

He said: “She grabbed me by the tes­ti­cles with one hand. She grabbed with some force and be­cause of that I have been in­jured.”

He told jurors his wife’s long fin­ger­nails caused the in­jury and phoned for an am­bu­lance when he re­alised he was bleed­ing.

He said he had stitches, stayed in hospi­tal overnight, and when re­leased had to change ban­dages on his wound for around a month.

Man­zanillo was ar­rested and later in­ter­viewed, telling cops her hus­band was ex­tremely drunk, had asked her to leave then at­tacked her. She in­sisted she acted in self de­fence.

Man­zanillo, of Wood Green, north Lon­don, de­nies wound­ing. The case con­tin­ues. DE­NIAL: Wife claims she acted to de­fend her­self

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