A MAN who admitted biting his partner’s ear, his third act of violence on the woman, was told to expect, “an inevitable” prison sentence.

The warning was given to 23-year-old Blain Bowery after he admitted attacks on the same woman, in incidents late last year and over the New Year period.

Charges of assault causing actual bodily harm, between December 29 and January 1, and unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm, on January 2, were put, at Durham Crown Court.

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Bowery, of High Street South, Langley Moor, near Durham, gave ‘guilty’ pleas to both allegations.

Sam Faulkes, prosecuting, said: “It’s a particularly nasty case of ear biting, but he’s some who, previously, is only lightly convicted.”

Mr Faulkes said one of those handful of past brushes with the law included a caution issued on the defendant for an offence of battery, dating from April, last year.

Asked by Judge Christopher Prince, Jennifer Coxon, representing Bowery, confirmed that offence was committed on the same woman as the two latest allegations.

Judge Prince said: “There clearly seems to be something of a history building up here.”

Mr Faulkes said the Crown would seek an up-dated victim impact statement, as well as a restraining order, to prevent Bowery attempting to contact the woman.

Judge Prince adjourned sentence for preparation of a report assessing Bowery’s perceived “dangerousness”.

Remanding him in custody until the sentencing hearing, on July 7, Judge Prince told Bowery: “You have pleaded ‘guilty’ to two serious matters and you will inevitably receive a custodial sentence.”