Man who bit his ex is jailed

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A MAN who bit his ex-partner in front of her children has been jailed.

Abdulay Jesus Desouza Alves, of Railway Road, Leigh, admitted a charge of assault and harassment, by breaching his restraining order when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Mike Ardern, prosecuting, said the 32-year-old moved from his home in Portugal in 2011 to be with his former partner Eldaliza Peixerra as she was having his baby,

But their six-year relationship deteriorated as they argued and he was jealous.

Last September 18 Ms Peixerra was walking to a friend’s house in Leigh Road with her two children when Alves approached them. He picked up his son but Ms Peixerra said she did not want to speak to him. Mr Ardern said: “She felt a tug to her cardigan and a pain to the left side of her back. She realised the defendant bit her and he hit her in the face.”

Alves put his child down and the victim shouted for help. Two teenaged girls attended to the children and a man approached Alves who then ran away. Ms Peixerra went into her friend’s house to get a knife as she was frightened. She was not charged for that offence.

Mr Ardern added: “Alves was arrested. He accepted there was some contact, but not in the way it was put. He said it was a chance meeting. He did not accept that he hit her in the face.”

He said the defendant was convicted of assault in September 2012 and was jailed for 13 months and a restraining order imposed, which he breached.

Defending Alves, Jiro Asafa said: “He understands his behaviour was inappropriate and there were concerns about the children witnessing the incident. He does have anger management issues and wants to deal with that.”

Alves was sentenced to four months in prison after admitting breaking the restraining order and three months for the assault, which will run concurrently.

The chairman of the magistrates said: “This was a nasty assault using your teeth and has an ongoing affect on the victim. Children were also present and this was a domestic violence situation.”