'Animal' jailed for brutal attack on ex-girlfriend
A TEENAGER who used his teeth to tear flesh from his ex-girlfriend's face and then brutally assaulted her in front of horrified shoppers has been detained for more than eight years.
Tiffany Watson said Duval Currie behaved like an animal after he plunged his teeth into her face outside the Galleries shopping centre at the top of Union Street.
The 19-year-old then delivered around 20 punches knocking her two front teeth out and forcing her over the barrier where she fell more than four feet onto the pavement head first as passers by rushed to her aid.
Currie, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to wounding Miss Watson on March 20 as well as an affray and possession of an offensive weapon in July and two counts of common assault against police officers.
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At Bristol Crown Court, he was given eight and a half years in a young offenders institution and a restraining order barring him from contacting Miss Watson.
Timothy Hills, prosecuting, said Miss Watson had kindly allowed Currie to stay one night at her home in Redland Road after they had split because he had nowhere to go.
In the morning she told him he could not stay while she was not there and they both went into Bristol.
After rowing in the car they went up th stairs to the Galleries shopping centre, Mr Hills said.
"He said he wanted to talk to her and pulled her over to where the bicycle racks are," he said.
"He grabbed her by the lapels on her coat and brought his face close to hers. He bit her and having broken her skin he pulled away and she said she could feel the flesh on her face come away. She described it as an animal trying to tear flesh from he face.
"He forced her backwards towards some railings and there was a flurry of blows to her face – about 20.
"The blows caused one of her front teeth to be knocked out and she lost a dental implant as well.
"Not content with that he continued to punch her until she fell backwards over the rail upside down with her feet in the air landing head first on the pathway from 4ft 6ins.
"Members of the public went to her aid and were amazed she was not knocked unconscious while the defendant ran from the scene."
Mr Hills said Miss Watson could not afford the £6,000 required to fix her teeth and had had to undergo facial surgery at the BRI that left a scar.
Police went to Miss Watson's property to find Currie had broken in but he escaped through a window and went to Cardiff to avoid arrest.
Mr Hills said the affray in May related to an unprovoked attack on a student in Broadmead. After his arrest he was found to be in possession of a hybrid knife knuckle duster.
The common assaults involved throwing a cup of urine at police officers whilst on remand.
Currie has previous convictinos for robbery, burglary and assault.
Thomas Daniel, defending, said Currie had shown genuine remorse and was ashamed of his actions.
"After he is released he wants to make a fresh start and erase the past few year of his behaviour," he said.
Recorder Richard Onslow told Currie he behaviour was "utterly ghastly" towards Miss Watson whom he described as an "attractive and go ahead young woman" who had been looking to start her own business.