Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tracy Davies, 40, bit off a third of Mark Coghill's tongue after telling him "you never give me smoochy kisses any more".
Each had drunk a bottle of vodka before the attack at his flat in Jesmond, Newcastle, in October.
Davies was convicted of grievous bodily harm but cleared of the same charge with intent at Newcastle Crown Court.
The jury heard that the couple were celebrating Mr Coghill's birthday when Davies grew upset because she was not pregnant.
As Mr Coghill, 45, moved to comfort her, she asked him to kiss her, the court heard.
She let out a satisfaction sound, like if you have a cup of tea when you haven't had one for a few days
They kissed and she bit down hard on his tongue, causing him to scream, and he tapped her on the head, hoping she would let go.
He said: "Then when she did stop, she opened her mouth and looked at me in such a way that I have never seen anyone do before."
Mr Coghill said he could see part of his tongue inside her mouth.
He said: "She let out a satisfaction sound, like if you have a cup of tea when you haven't had one for a few days.
"A 'mmmm' sound."
She then spat it on the floor, he said.
OUCH !!!Shes a keeper
The city had "race normed" the results of the exam out of concern that it discriminated against black firefighters, but a jury found the test was fair. The city appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled on behalf of the white firefighters.
Among the 75 firefighters is John Power, who told U.S. District Judge James Holderman last month that he is owed about $140,000 in back pay because he was not promoted to lieutenant.
"I did my part, studying and doing all the things I should have done," Power said.
"Frankly, this was unfair," Holderman responded.
Still, Linda Friedman, an attorney for the white firefighters, acknowledged that "it's a challenging task for a municipality to balance the need to have an integrated fire department without stepping on the rights of the people to be affected."
Friedman said the firefighters, many of whom have retired, can expect to receive their checks by this fall. Attorneys' fees will also come out of the $6 million settlement, said Jennifer Hoyle, a spokeswoman for the city's Law Department.
Hoyle said $6 million is on the "low end" of what the city might have wound up paying. The settlement comes at a time when nosediving revenues threaten to poke a $200 million hole in Chicago's 2009 budget, but Hoyle said the city has budgeted for it.
A group of 100 other white firefighters previously received tens of millions of dollars and benefits in a separate settlement in the same suit, Friedman said. That group was higher on the hiring list than the 75 firefighters.
Friedman said the biggest lesson she has learned from her clients is "how much effort goes into the profession." She also said it took too long for the city to "step up to the plate and pay."
Now we know that testing on the CPD is fair right or how about our merit process.
Its the same thing on CPD some privilaged people get the tests.