‘Barbaric’ mum bit husband when he unplugged TV after she wouldn’t turn it down

A "barbaric" mum-of-two bit her husband's finger after he unplugged their TV when she wouldn't turn the volume down.

Ann Lunt, 55, threw photos in Martin Lunt's face then drew blood when she attacked the 58-year-old at their Bootle home.

A top judge today said he had "rarely come across anybody less remorseful" than Mrs Lunt as she sat scowling in the dock, Liverpool Echo reports.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the couple were together for nearly 30 years and married for 19, with two sons, aged 12 and 17.

Derek Jones, prosecuting, said they were in their living room in Lunt Road at around 3pm when an argument "broke out", with Mrs Lunt asking her husband about "sorting out" some photos, which she had previously asked him to do.

Jones said: "He stated he tried to ignore her. She then started raising the volume on the television and then brought up past boyfriends…. talking about that in graphic terms."

Lunt asked her to lower the volume and she "refused", so he unplugged the TV, but his wife picked up the photos and threw them in his face, which "shocked" him.

Mr Jones said: "He then picked them up and went to give them back to her and as he raised his hand to do so, states the defendant leaned forward and with some force bit the little finger on his left hand."

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He said Mr Lunt was "shouting out in pain" before his wife started screaming, leading to the police being called.

Police described Mrs Lunt as "reacting aggressively and shouting" at officers before she was interviewed and suggested, "she was the one who had been wronged over the years".

Mr Jones said: "She denied biting him deliberately. [She said] his finger went in her mouth and she bit him accidentally."

Mrs Lunt denied a charge of controlling or coercive behaviour, which involved allegations of "repeated assaults and aggressive and abusive behaviour" towards Mr Lunt over the last six years.

Prosecutors accepted her guilty plea to assault causing actual bodily harm, relating solely to the finger biting, on March 27 this year.

The judge said it was "not one of those situations where there was no evidence in support" of the coercive behaviour charge, but a "pragmatic" stance had been taken, so it would lie on the file.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247

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