These are the horrific injuries of a clubber who had his head stamped on and part of his cheek bitten off after calling a woman ‘as fit as f**’.
Aaron Wanklyn needed 60 stitches to his ravaged face after he made the remark about Michelle Byrne as she passed by him in Cheltenham.
Wanklyn, 27, was heading home from a nightclub along Regent Street with his pal, Liam Ogden, at the time of the incident in August 2014.
As Byrne walked by with a male friend, Mr Wanklyn commented to Mr Ogden that she was ‘as fit as ‘f***’ or ‘f***ing fit,”
Michelle Byrne was acquitted by a jury of seven women and five men at Gloucester Crown Court
The woman and her pal, Christopher Wilkinson, then followed Mr Wanklyn down the street and around a corner, before Wilkinson attacked him.
The pair ended up grappling on the ground, with Wilkinson biting a ‘chunk’ out of the clubber’s cheek, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
In the belief that her friend was getting the worst of the fight, Byrne then joined in, stamping on Mr Wanklyn with her high heels, prosecutors said.
Mr Wanklyn needed reconstructive surgery to his cheek and had to have a whopping 60 stitches after the incident.
Byrne, 32, of Edinburgh Place, Cheltenham, was spared jail today after admitting to unlawfully wounding Mr Wanklyn in the attack.
Meanwhile, Wilkinson was locked up for three years and nine months today after pleading guilty to wounding Mr Wanklyn with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Passing sentence, Judge Harington described Mr Wanklyn’s cheek injury as ‘horrific.’
During a three-day trial, jurors had heard how Byrne and her companion, then 27, were walking along the road while out clubbing on August 30.
They then passed by Mr Wanklyn, who was walking the other way.
As they did so, the reveller commented that Byrne was ‘as fit as f***,’ prompting Wilkinson to launch the attack, the court was told.
Byrne accepted her role in the violence, but insisted she had no intent to do Mr Wanklyn serious harm or to help Wilkinson to do so.
She said she had no clear memory of the attack itself but did recall that Mr Wanklyn had run up to them and hit Wilkinson.
It was that which prompted what happened, she said.
She also pointed to CCTV of the start of the incident which showed Mr Wanklyn facing them and rolling up his sleeves as he walked backwards down the street after passing them.
After the jury cleared Byrne of wounding with intent, she was granted bail with conditions including a 10am-6pm tagged curfew.
Defence solicitor Jon Holmes said he would not require a probation pre-sentence report but he would be referring the court to a psychological report on Byrne.
Speaking on Wednesday, Judge Harington told Byrne “Obviously, no decision has yet been made about sentence and all options are open and will make the decision on Friday as to what the right sentence is.”
Mr Wanklyn had told the jury during the trial that he was walking along Regent street and saw Byrne walk by.
“I said something like ‘she’s f***ing fit’ – I made that comment to Liam but it was out loud,” he said.
“I went round the corner and I heard Liam call my name. I turned around and saw Wilkinson trying to punch me. He didn’t connect because I managed to dodge out of the way. I punched him back and I think hit his jaw.
“He stumbled back a little bit. I stepped forward and we grappled. We went to the ground and punching between us carried on.
“Then I could feel a kick to the nose. I shouted ‘He’s biting my face, get him the f**** off me. ”
He said he had lost a ‘chunk of cheek’ and had to have reconstruction surgery. He had 30 internal stitches and another thirty externally.
Mr Ogden told the jury he had seen Byrne stamping twice on Mr Wanklyn’s head.
“I couldn’t say how hard the stamps were but it was all just malicious really. She was stamping towards his face,” he said.
It has taken almost two years for the case to come to trial because Byrne moved to Tenerife after the incident.
A warrant was issued for her arrest when she failed to attend court in February last year and a ruling was later made that she would have to be tried in her absence.
However, Byrne finally returned in September last year and the trial preparations were recommenced.