A SPECIAL needs carer who bit off a man’s finger during a row at a pub has been jailed for four years.
Laura Hardman, 26, lost her temper when Michael Foy, 59, questioned her parenting skills as she behaved ‘rowdily’ in front of her 18-month-old child, a court heard.
The mum-of-one was asked to leave the Cyns Tavern, in Salford, Greater Manchester, by the landlady Gillian Charnock.
But she marched back in and hurled abuse at Mr Foy, telling him to call social services if he had concerns, Minshull Street crown court was told.
During the row, the tiler pointed his left forefinger at her, and Hardman – who was clutching a pint – bit it off down to the first knuckle.
As she was escorted out of the pub by Ms Charnock, she slapped the landlady across the face.
Friends packed Mr Foy’s fingertip in ice and he was taken to hospital. But doctors were unable to re-attach it and had to remove the digit down to the second knuckle. Hardman, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Foy and assaulting Ms Charnock.
Neil Ronan, defending, said that his client had no previous convictions and was ‘remorseful’.
He added that she had been suffering from anxiety after one of her friends was murdered.
Jailing her, judge David Stockdale QC said: ‘This must have been an incredible force to achieve this injury.’