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Nose biter pleads guilty to aggravated assault

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A "vulnerable" city teen viciously attacked his cousin and nearly bit off his entire nose in a drunken dispute over a music player.

Now the 17-year-old will be spending the next several months behind bars after pleading guilty in provincial court Monday to aggravated assault.

The victim, 19, needed hasty medical attention after he and his FASD-affected cousin started fighting over an iPod at a home on Alexander Avenue on Jan. 10.

The angry offender walked into a room, grabbed his kin by the face and bit off the end of his nose, according to Crown attorney Susan Baragar.

It took 15 stitches to fix the damage caused by the bite wound, court heard. Alcohol consumption was also a contributing factor to the event.

The teen was arrested soon after the incident and has been in custody since.

Judge Michel Chartier ordered the offender to serve four more months behind bars, to be followed by community supervision and probation.

The plan is to allow for his gradual release so it won't interfere with specialized programming he'll need for the rest of his life due to cognitive challenges.

He has an IQ lower than 70, making him eligible for long-term disability support from the province because he's deemed a "vulnerable person."

No update was provided in court on the victim's condition or recovery. He declined to submit a victim impact statement.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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