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Pub ban for birthday girl who bit Devon teacher at nightclub

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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A young mother has been banned from late night drinking after she bit a stranger on the face in a club after partying to celebrate her birthday.

Katie Bateman mixed a large amount of alcohol with prescription drugs and had no memory of the incident on the dance floor at the club in Bideford.

She had been dancing in a cage shortly before being caught on CCTV biting the face of teacher Aaron McMahon, who was on a trip to North Devon with workmates.

The footage from Caesar’s Palace club in Bideford showed the 27-year-old moving close to the victim as if she was whispering in his ear but then biting him. He is seen jumping backwards in pain.

The surveillance system also captured a second incident in which she lunged through a crowd of customers and grabbed a second man, ripping his t-shirt.

Bateman, who has a five-year-old daughter, escaped jail after Exeter Crown Court was told she is hyper sensitive to what she perceives as unwanted advances from men.

Judge Erik Salomonsen said he was suspending the sentence.

Bateman, of Stucley Road, Bideford, admitted assault causing actual bodily and battery and was jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months, and banned from going to any pubs or clubs in Barnstaple of Bideford after 10 pm for the next 18 months.

She was also ordered to receive supervision and to pay £180 costs and £20 compensation for the ripped t-shirt.

He told her:”After mixing alcohol with prescribed medication you became violent and without provocation bit the face of the victim and assaulted a second man.

“The court has to balance your well-being and also have regard to what you do when you have been out drinking late at night in North Devon.

“It is appropriate to suspend the prison sentence but there will be an exclusion order from all on-licenced premises in Bideford and Barnstaple after 10 pm.”

Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, showed the court two clips from the CCTV at Caesar’s Palace which showed the assaults.

She said both victims were among a party of teachers who were visiting Bideford and had gone to the club. Shortly before2 am Bateman was dancing in a cage and bit Mr McMahon after returning to the open dance floor.

Miss Eagles said: ”She was said by witnesses to have been dancing provocatively in the cage but Mr McMahon did not take much notice.

“He said she approached him outside the cage. She took hold of him in a non threatening manner and without warning bit him on the left cheek. He stepped back. It was completely unprovoked.”

She said she went on to grab another man but neither suffered serious injury.

Miss Beth Heaton, defending, said Bateman had no recollection of the incident but was ashamed and horrified when she saw the CCTV footage.

She read a letter written by Bateman which said rarely went out because she has a five-year-old daughter with a heart condition but had been taken out by her family for a birthday celebration.

The letter said: ”I have not drunk since that night. I am really disgusted with what I saw on the CCTV. It really was not me. Now I am working hard to be the best mum I can be.”

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