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‘Animal savage’ mum bit woman’s nose clean off in row over ‘stolen credit card’

A "dangerous" mum made a woman permanently disfigured after she bit her nose off which has left people calling her a "piggy."

Claire Bold, 38, committed an act of "animal savagery" under the belief that her victim had stolen her credit card in Manchester.

The pair both inflicted minor injuries to each other, but Bold took it a step further as she followed the woman back to a friend's house to carry out the frenzied attack.

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She clenched her jaws onto the victim's nose before biting it off and spitting it onto the floor on April 24 last year.

The victim has since been forced to go under the knife and has even had a skin graft due to the horrific injuries.

"In the course of a fight you bit off the end of her nose, in a display of appalling, vicious, deliberate and calculated violence," Judge Timothy Smith said.

She received a 10-year sentence in her absence, including six years in jail and an extra four years on licence after she is released, reports Manchester Evening News.

Prosecuting, Julian Goode told how Bold and her victim had known each other for about two years. He said the pair had previously gotten on well and had smoked crack cocaine together.

"The incident culminated in the defendant biting off the end of her nose, spitting it out on the floor before making off," he said.

Bold was arrested at her home later that day, having made efforts to 'cover her tracks' by having a shower and washing her clothes.

The victim said her confidence has been "shattered" and fears that it could take "years for her nose to look normal again."

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She has experienced suicidal thoughts and notices people staring at her in the street.

Bold was released on bail but went on to commit another horrendous attack against a second woman.

She had been placed in accommodation in Bredbury, Stockport with another woman and the pair appeared to be "getting on well."

But on August 19 last year, Bold suddenly became aggressive towards her and said: "Don't think you're better than me, because you're not better than me."

As Bold confronted her, she held a handheld mirror and warned her "leave me alone or I'll hit you." But Bold grabbed the mirror and repeatedly hit her with it, smashing the glass and causing wounds to her face.

She was taken to hospital after concerns over her health were raised. There she assaulted two police officers, swinging her head at one and connecting with her lip, and kicking another to the chest.

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Of the woman she hit with a mirror, Bold said: "She deserved everything she got." The victim said she was told by a doctor she was lucky not to lose an eye.

Defending, Rebecca Filletti said Bold feels sorry for what happened and regrets her actions. She said the mum-of-three may have suffered from undiagnosed post natal depression following the birth of her youngest child, and she was suffering a 'mental health crisis' at the time.

Ms Filletti said Bold has since made a "substantial shift" in her life and has made positive changes while on remand in prison.

Judge Smith classified Bold as a "dangerous" offender and said she poses a significant risk to the public of committing further specified offences.

She will serve two-thirds of her six year jail sentence in prison before the Parole Board decide whether it is safe for her to be released.

Bold, of Eccles, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, unlawful wounding and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

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