Thug bit off woman’s finger and posed with it in mouth for snap outside club

A 22-year-old thug bit off a mum's fingertip during a scrap outside a nightclub, before posing with it in her mouth for Snapchat pictures.

Libby Armstrong and victim Toni Lough had a run-in at the bathrooms of Manhattans in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, before they were ejected from the club and the disagreement continued outside.

The two ended up In a scuffle on the ground and Ms Lough reached out her arm during the battle, with Armstrong clamping down on her ring finger, ripping part of it right off.

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Chronicle Live reported how Armstrong then put disturbing images of herself with the fingertip in her mouth on Snapchat.

Now she has been jailed at Newcastle Crown Court as the effect on the victim, who is a single mum-of-four and had to quit her job as a sandwich maker, was revealed.

The scrap started when Armstrong allegedly lunged at the victim in the bathroom of the establishment, pulling her hair, in September last year.

Explaining the continuation of the fight outside Graeme O'Sullivan, prosecuting, said: "Miss Lough was screaming at her asking her to stop. She could feel the defendant biting through her finger."

The top third of her left ring finger, including all of the nail, was completely amputated. Miss Lough, who is left-handed, was rushed to hospital.

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Mr O'Sullivan said: "After the incident the defendant retained the fingertip and took pictures of herself with the tip in her mouth. She also boasted of her actions on Snapchat and sent the images to her friend."

When Armstrong was arrested, she lied when asked where the fingertip was, saying it was left at the scene.

In a victim impact statement, Miss Lough said she had been left depressed as a result of the attack and has ongoing issues with her hand. She ended up needing anti-depressants, sleeping tablets and pain killers and lost a stone in weight due to not eating.

Armstrong, who has nine previous convictions, including for assaulting an emergency worker and possessing a hammer, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent. She was jailed for four years plus 12 weeks for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

A recorder said a "concerning feature of this offence" was the "disturbing" photos.

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