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  • 18 December 2012, 23:24

Man Bit Off Love Rival's Finger At Nativity

An offshore worker has been warned he faces jail after he admitted biting off a love-rival's finger during an attack at his child's nativity play.

Lee Wilkinson attacked Michael Dent as they waited for the performance to start at Harton Primary School in South Shields on December 6 last year.

Witnesses described seeing him "spit blood out like an animal" after biting off the tip of Mr Dent's little finger on his left hand.

One said: "It was horrendous. Everyone seems to think that no kids saw what happened, but I was there with my two-year-old little girl right in front of it.

"He spat out the finger tip with a mouth full of blood and smiled. No concern for anyone.

"It was a horrific experience and he deserves everything he gets. A school nativity is not the place to start any violence."

Another added: "The two men started to fight in front of all the parents. One bit the finger off the other and spat the blood out like an animal."

Wilkinson, 40, of South Shields, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to unlawful wounding and a separate public order offence relating to a run-in between the two men on Christmas Eve in 2011.

At the time of the incident, it was claimed Wilkinson had previously been in a relationship with Mr Dent's ex-wife.

He was originally charged with the more serious offences of wounding with intent and affray, but these were dropped after he pleaded guilty.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister said: "It is accepted that Mr Dent has too been cautioned in respect of assaults on the defendant.

"Obviously matters came to a head at the nativity play a year ago."

Wilkinson was granted bail until January 25, when he will be sentenced.

Judge Simon Hickey said: "A custodial sentence is almost inevitable for such a serious offence as this, in my judgement."