Woman dodges jail after biting man’s nose in Hogmanay row

A 21-year-old Creetown woman narrowly avoided a jail term this week after she pleaded guilty to biting the tip of a man’s nose off.

First offender Dawn Robinson, of 4 The Hollow, admitted the assault on Gary McBain on Hogmanay which left him needing four stitches.

The court heard that Robinson drank around a litre of vodka in the Creetown home of Mr McBain throughout the evening before he left for a party and she stayed behind.

When he returned after the bells, an argument broke out between the two.

Miss Forbes said: “Witnesses attempted to calm Miss Robinson down but without success. A struggle then ensued between the complainer and the accused resulting in him lying on his back with her on top of him, and her face very close to him. He managed to get up and noticed blood coming from his nose. The tip of his nose appeared to be hanging off and he began shouting, ‘she bit me; she bit my nose off’.”

An ambulance was called and Mr McBain was taken for treatment at Dumfries Infirmary. It was confirmed there would be permanent scarring. Miss Forbes showed the sheriff a book of photos of the injury.

Defending, Glasgow-based lawyer Paul Sweeney said Robinson, a part-time cleaner at a nearby holiday park who also cleans for and helps an elderly lady in Creetown, was “mortified about this unsavoury incident”, adding that she had struggled to cope with the impending court appearance and had to seek medical help.

He said he understood a custodial sentence would be considered but added: “It really is out of character for her to behave as she did and she is petrified at the thought of going to jail.”

Sheriff Kenneth Robb said to Robinson: “Goodness knows what was going through your mind when you did this. It will now be a blight on Mr McBain’s life and on yours.

“Reports tell me you are an industrious character and I don’t see that sending you to jail would assist the community.”

Robinson was given a 300-hour community payback order accompanied by a 12-month supervision order.