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Man accused of biting ex during alleged Cockermouth assault goes on trial

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN accused of biting his ex-girlfriend during an alleged domestic assault has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Craig Fisher, 41, denies one charge. This alleges that he assaulted Leanne Banks, causing her actual bodily harm, at her Cockermouth home. It is said an assault on his then partner occurred on the evening of July 21 after the couple had attended a wedding.

Giving evidence, Miss Banks told a jury today (WED) how they had a “lovely” day before going home. But at her address, she said Fisher “turned violent”.

“He hit me and I went to push him away,” she said. “He has bit up both my arms. He bit the side of my face. He bit my ear. He bit my finger.

“He got hold of my arms and pulled me to the floor, and then started banging my head off the kitchen floor. I was screaming at him to stop.”

Miss Banks said she suffered several bite marks, swelling to her head and neck trauma.

Mr Fisher also suffered injuries during the incident. However, his case, the jury heard, was that he was attacked by Miss Banks.

In a prepared statement read to police following his arrest, Fisher, of Ewanrigg Brow, Maryport, said: “Any injuries to Leanne from me were in self-defence when I grabbed her by the hair to get her off me.”

The trial continues.

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