A MOTHER of three has said she ‘feared’ for her life following an incident at Butlin’s in Bognor Regis.
Tina Love, 29, from Acacia Road, in Dartford, who denies wounding with intent, told Chichester Crown Court today (Thursday, January 15) she was left ‘terrified’ after an altercation between herself and fellow guest Julie McDonald on April 11, 2013.
The court had previously heard the argument started over a table during a pantomime performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the centre stage in the Manhattan building.
“It all happened so fast. I feared for my life,” said Love.
“I was in a state of panic. I was shocked and I was terrified. There were bottles and glass all around,” she added.
The court heard Love walked past the victim, who allegedly made a spitting noise quietly to her daughter which her alleged assailant heard.
It was this that sparked the confrontation between the pair.
Love claimed Ms McDonald, who is in her 40s, had her arm in a lock and the pair had a clash of heads.
However the prosecution allege Love head-butted the victim and then bit her nose.
Rachel Beckett prosecuting said: “This was not a quick bite. You held on to her nose with your teeth.”
Love, who suffered an injury to her forehead, told the court she hadn’t realised which part of Ms McDonald she was biting and had not realised the extend of her injuries.
She said: “She had hold of my hair and I was just... I was just terrified I just wanted to get way but Julie had hold of my arm, and my other arm was trapped against the back of the chairs.
“I didn’t know what she was going to do but I felt her breath, teeth and saliva on my face.”
When asked if she had said to the victim’s daughter ‘your mother deserved that’ Love said she could not ‘completely’ deny it.
“At that point I was of very mixed emotion. I was panicking and I was shocked. I could not completely deny if I had said it,” she said.
The trail continues.