An incident in Embankment Pier, Southwark has ended with a 27-year-old woman in court after she bit a chunk out of a woman's ear. The attack followed a bout of road rage between Chloe Hammond and victim Julie Holloway.
The Southwark Crown Court heard that 56-year-old Holloway tapped on the window of Hammond's car, after she blared her horn at pedestrians. Hammond was also said to be on her phone at the time.
Holloway said Hammond lost her temper, calling her several rude names before parking further up the road and getting out of her car.
Hammond allegedly returned to Holloway and her friends, shouting abuse and claiming that she had scratched her car, before physically attacking Holloway by the roadside.
The court heard Hammond kicked Holloway in the stomach, grabbed her hair, and then bit into her ear.
Christian Moll, prosecuting, told the court: "We say the defendant then grabbed the complainant by her hair, on the left side of her head, and pulled her head even lower down... Mr Gallego [a witness] saw the defendant appearing to bite the complainant's right ear. He described Ms Hammond as thrashing about like a dog with a chew toy."
The defendant accused Holloway of "banging on her vehicle causing dents to the side" as well as calling her rude names.
Hammond denies causing grevious bodily harm with intent, but offered a late plea to a charge of unlawful wounding. The trial is still ongoing.