11/11/2011 06:53 GMT | Updated 11/01/2012 05:12 GMT

Maria Topp Spared Jail After Biting Hole In Boyfriend's Scrotum

A woman who bit a hole in her boyfriend's scrotum during a drunken row has been spared jail.

Maria Topp, 44, from Wrekenton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

She attacked Martin Douglas, her partner of five years, after they had been on a 10-hour drinking session in February.

Recorder Robin Mairs handed her a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered her to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He also imposed a restraining order on the mother-of-four to prevent her from contacting Mr Douglas.

"This relationship is over, I think both of you accept that," the judge said.

The couple shared a "turbulent relationship", Gavin Doig, prosecuting, said, and police had been called on previous occasions to Mr Douglas's flat in Waterloo Street, Newcastle.

Mr Douglas had a bite to his tricep and multiple scratches as well as the more serious injury. He was taken to hospital and given intravenous pain relief.

"The injury caused a wound to his scrotal sack and as a result a testicle was exposed," said Mr Doig.

Mr Douglas, who is a DJ in city centre venues, made a full physical recovery but still has mental scars.