Jail for man who bit off his ex's ear; COURTS.
A MAN who bit off part of his ex-partner's ear in a "moment of madness" was jailed yesterday despite her written plea for him to be freed.
Belfast Crown Court Judge Stephen Fowler QC told Jalal Uddin his crime of domestic violence was so serious it called for an immediate custodial sentence which must also include an element of deterence to others.
Judge Fowler said while he accepted his former partner had written a letter urging mercy, in such cases her opinion was "of limited assistance to the court".
He told a remorseful Uddin, from Darlett Street, South Belfast, because of the plea he would "moderate" his fouryear sentence and reduce it by six months, of which he will serve 18 months in prison followed by two years on probation.
Judge Fowler said: "I want to make it clear that the courts consider all offences of domestic violence as serious... and that only a custodial sentence is justified."