Indian jailed for biting former partner’s boyfriend’s ear in New Zealand
28-year-old Indian-origin man was sentenced to two years and three months in
prison in New Zealand for biting off an ear of his former partner’s boyfriend.
Anish Rao was
handed down the prison term by the Auckland District Court on Friday for biting
off the top of the left ear of Ritesh Ram, who was in a relationship with Rao’s
former lover Vikashni Ashari.
entered into Ram’s property last year and smashed open a door to move into the
house in Auckland’s suburb where Ram and his partner Ashari were sleeping.
He attacked Ram,
28, that night and bit his left ear. Leaving Ram in a pool of blood, Rao then
went for Ashari and punched her in the face before fleeing the house. Ashari
and Rao have a three-year-old daughter, Stuff.co.nz reported on Saturday.
In a victim impact
statement read to Auckland District Court Ram said, “Every time I look at the
mirror and see my left ear, I see myself as ugly with a defected face. What I
lost that night will stay fresh no matter what.”
Anish Rao pleaded
guilty to a charge of disfiguring with intent to injure and one of assaulting a
female. Judge Brooke Gibson described the offence as “particularly callous and
spiteful” and jailed Rao for two years and three months.
His lawyer Martin
Hislop said Rao’s split from Ashari had left him “obsessed” and the home
invasion followed a slew of abusive text messages and phone calls. Hislop said
his client regretted his actions but Judge Gibson disagreed.
“I don’t see any
remorse in the pre-sentence report,” he said. He was also ordered to pay USD
500 for the damage to the door.