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Man in court after dog savages ear off woman with cerebral palsy

Nadine Crowe needed surgery to reattach her ear to her face after the incident in a flat in Dundee.

Dundee Sheriff Court.

A woman with cerebral palsy needed 45 stitches after a Staffordshire Bull Terrier chewed off her ear, a court has been told.

Derek Duncan is alleged to have set the dog on 26-year-old Nadine Crowe after an argument over a Chinese meal.

Pictures of Miss Crowe's ear, which needed surgery to be fully reattached to her face, were shown to the jury at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Duncan, 24, denies assaulting her at a flat in Mains Loan, Dundee, on August 7 last year after she threw a two-day-old takeaway meal in the bin.

According to Miss Crowe, Duncan told her: "I don't want a new meal - I wanted that one," before starting to slap her, pin her down with his knees and repeatedly punch her in the face.

"While he was punching my face his dog bit my left ear," she told the jury.

"I screamed 'Kaii is biting me, please get him off'. Kaii knows when Derek hisses he is to attack."

Fighting back tears, she went on: "Once I got up and looked in the mirror I saw my ear - I could see half an ear and blood.

"I said 'look at my ear - you will have to phone an ambulance.' He said: 'There's f*** all wrong with your ear."

Miss Crowe said when she tried to call 999 Duncan wrenched the phone from her hand.

She said: "He then got Kaii and put his lead on him and told him he was a 'good boy' and then left the flat."

Miss Crowe said she and Duncan had enjoyed a "brother-sister relationship" before the alleged attack on August 7.

Trina Sinclair, prosecuting, said: "How did you feel when the dog bit you?"She replied: "Heartbroken."

Duncan, of Cardean Street, Dundee, denies assaulting Miss Crowe to her severe injury and disfigurement.

He also faces a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act that Kaii was "dangerously out of control" when he "repeatedly bit and mauled" Miss Crowe.

A third charge states that on May 9 at an address in Dundee's Wallacetown Court he sent messages to Kimberley Crowe threatening violence to her and her family.

Duncan denies all the charges against him. The trial, before Sheriff Elizabeth Munro and a jury, continues.

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