Corey Dowie in court yesterday.
A Dunedin man who bit off part of a woman's lip and spat
it on the floor has been jailed for more than two years.
"She says she may well have a permanent scar," Judge John
Macdonald told Corey David Dowie, 29, in Dunedin District
"She is afraid of you and wants no further contact."
Dowie earlier admitted intentionally injuring the woman, and
possessing an offensive weapon (a broken ornament) showing
intent to use it to commit an offence involving the fear of
He was sentenced to two years and eight months' jail on the
injuring charge and nine months (concurrent) on the other
charge over the incident on June 6.
The judge also made a protection order in favour of the
Judge Macdonald said Dowie had been drinking at the woman's
home when he became agitated and argumentative.
Standing over the woman while she was sitting on a sofa, he
leaned down without warning and bit into her lower lip,
biting off part of it and spitting it on to the floor.
While he was biting the woman, her dog bit him on arm.
Enraged, he said he was going to stab the dog.
He picked up an ornament, broke it in half, and said he was
going to stab and kill the dog.
He chased the dog into a bedroom and slashed at the dog with
the broken ornament, causing minor injuries.
While Dowie was with the dog, the woman was able to escape
and run to neighbours for help.
Crown counsel Richard Smith said the biting was an extreme
act. The victim was vulnerable in being seated, and Dowie was
stronger than her.
Asked about the victim's injury, Mr Smith said she had a
small visible scar but was not disfigured in the true sense
of the word. The scar was not plainly visible "to all and
Defence lawyer Campbell Savage said the violence was not
prolonged or premeditated. The fact summary sounded awful, as
if a piece of flesh was bitten off the victim's lip. But it
was more like a piece of skin was removed.
Judge Macdonald said Dowie was on parole at the time. Violent
behaviour was not new to him. His past convictions included
two for injuring with intent to injure, other assaults,
possessing a knife and threatening to kill.
Although the current offending involved only one bite, it was
violence of an extreme kind and without warning. The victim
was vulnerable and had no chance to defend herself.
A further aggravating factor was the weapon and what Dowie
did with it. And his threats about the dog would have added
to the victim's level of stress.