Thug bites off part of Manchester Arena survivors ear in vicious pub attack

A survivor of the Manchester arena terror attack has been left permanently disfigured after she had her ear bitten off in a vicious attack.

Amy Bruce had been enjoying herself with friends at a pub in Winlaton, Gateshead, when a confrontation occurred with Sophie Watson.

Watson, 21, was intoxicated on alcohol and cannabis, and became paranoid that Miss Bruce and her friend Elizabeth Brown were laughing at her while they waited outside the pub.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Watson grabbed Miss Brown by her hair and swung her to the ground, Chronicle Live reports.

Watson, who was 19 at the time, continued to punch Miss Brown as Miss Bruce and others tried to stop her.

As they were trying to break up the attack, Watson latched onto Miss Brown’s ear and tore a small piece of it off.

Miss Bruce needed 11 stitches and glue following the attack which left cartilage exposed.

Watson continued to argue with bystanders before spitting in the face of a police officer following her arrest.

The court heard how Watson is a mother-of-one and is now pregnant again.

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Watson, of Red Barns, Newcastle, has now been jailed for three years after being convicted by a jury of wounding with intent, assault by beating, and affray.

She also pleaded guilty to assaulting the police officer and possessing cannabis.

In a victim impact statement, Miss Bruce said despite efforts by medical staff to fix her ear, she is struggling to cope with the injury.

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She said: “It couldn't be re-attached and my ear will never be complete for the rest of my life.

“I really struggle to come to terms with how I now look and couldn't face looking at my reflection. I've tried to overcome this with help from my family and friends.'

She added: “This has been one of the most traumatic events of my lifetime, only second to the Manchester Arena bombing, which I was present at. I was just starting to cope with that when this happened.

“I will have to live with the deformity for the rest of my life.”

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