Vianey Manzanillo De La Cruz, a doctor, ripped husband’s scrotum with fingernails during a drunken tequila-fuelled row – aquitted 

…her story

Vianey Manzanillo De La Cruz, 32, admitted tearing Alexandre Daband’s testicles during a row at his flat in Bermondsey, south London

The couple,Vianey  and her now estranged husband,Alexandre Daband ,had drunk tequila shots before heading to a nightclub in the West End.

They were told that it was too late to use their VIP tickets and Mr Daband, who had drunk more than his wife, was sick outside the venue.He was sick again on the way home and vomited again once they returned home.

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She described how he repeatedly hit her after vomiting from a tequila binge.

She said her husband, was dragging her by the hair when she reached up behind to defend herself and attempted to throw her out of their flat. She denies unlawful wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.She denies unlawful wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.


…his story

Mr Daband, who is originally from France, said he pushed his wife away  when they came back from the west end and went to bed but was woken a short time later.

He told the court that his wife Vianny removed the duvet before climbing on top of him.

He admitted striking Manzanillo on the face to get her off. Mr Daband admitted he grabbed his wife’s hair, claiming he was trying to throw her out of the flat.

 “She then left the room and comes back with a large umbrella and starts hitting him. She did brandish a knife at one stage.”

 “This time she grabbed me by the testicles with one hand. She grabbed with some force and because of that I have been injured.”

Mr Daband said his wife had 1cm-long fingernails andd believes the nails caused the injury.

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He phoned an ambulance when he realised he was bleeding.

He said he received stitches, stayed in hospital overnight, and when released had to change bandages on his wound for around a month.

…jury decision

She was acquitted after a jury believed her account that she was protecting herself from her drunken husband.

It took jurors  less than an hour to clear her of charges of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding

Manzanillo was arrested in the early hours of Sunday 5 April last year after she phoned police and was later interviewed.


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