Thug bit his sister’s ear, threw fridge at her head and tried to throttle her

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A vicious thug took a bite out of his sister's ear before throwing a fridge at her head, a court heard.

Steven Portman, 35, also tied the mini-fridge's cord around Tracy Heaps's neck and threatened to burn the house down after she swung an iron to defend herself.

He left with her with injuries including a broken nose, black eye and a wound that exposed cartilage in her right ear on June 6, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Portman, Orrell Park, Merseyside, launched the brutal attack after turning up to her flat drunk and starting a row.

Prosecutor Kyra Badman said: "She describes him pinning her down on the bed and biting her to the right ear.

"Mr Portman then tried to wrap the electrical cord from a mini fridge around her neck, before picking up the fridge and throwing it at her head, causing her to bleed from the head.

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"She attempted to defend herself by swinging an iron towards him, but she said this seemed to wind him up more. At one point he had a cigarette lighter in his hand and threatened to burn the flat down with her inside."

Eventually the victim managed to get her brother out of the flat and called police, who found blood spattered around the home when they arrived.

Miss Heaps was taken to hospital suffering from a fractured nose, swelling to her left eye and bruises to her forehead.

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The bite mark consisted of a wound around 2cm by 1cm, which exposed cartilage and required stitches to close it.

Portman, located by police in the hallway of the flat, was arrested and taken to custody. When asked if he understood why, he replied: "I'm guilty."

He gave a "no comment" interview, but later admitted wounding and breaching a restraining order.

The court he was already banned from the area in Walton, Liverpool, due to a restraining order for another woman.

But Miss Heaps was at her flat in the street when Portman arrived and knocked on the window, so she let him in.

She said her brother was drunk and started an argument, although she couldn't remember what it was about.

The court heard this row turned violent and Portman hit his sister a number of times to the face and head.

The court heard Portman had 40 previous convictions, dating back to 2002, which include public order matters, breaches of the peace and assaults on police.

Judge Trevor-Jones jailed Portman for three years and made a new restraining order, preventing him from entering the street or contacting his sister for three years

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