Teenager is accused of biting 42-year-old woman's head during New Year's Eve disturbance in Randalstown

Teenager is accused of biting 42-year-old woman's head during New Year's Eve disturbance in Randalstown

A TEENAGER is accused of biting a 42-year-old woman on the head during a disturbance on New Year's Eve in Randalstown.

Shannon McCann (19), with an address listed as Main Street in Randalstown, is accused of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent; assaulting three police officers and resisting one of the officers.

A police officer said there had been a "vicious attack".

She told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, there was a "fight" in a street and police intervened.

A prosecutor said around 8.30pm on December 31 last year police attended Main Street after a report of an "ongoing fight".

Police saw the defendant on the ground, it is claimed, fighting with another female.

McCann is accused of kicking the alleged victim on the head several times, a prosecutor said.

When police intervened the defendant allegedly assaulted two officers, headbutting one and punching another.

The prosecutor said the alleged victim claimed she had been "bitten on the head" by McCann and had her hair pulled.

The court was told the alleged victim had a "bite mark visible on her head," Court News NI can report.

The defendant was arrested and continued to struggle, the court heard.

When interviewed McCann admitted pulling the victim's hair but couldn't remember much more as she was "intoxicated".

The defendant said the disturbance lasted around ten minutes and said she couldn't remember assaulting police.

The police officer said she believed there had been a "New Year's Eve Party".

The court heard the defendant had been living in the Ballymena area since being bailed on January 3.

Bail was varied for her to return to Randalstown and the case was adjourned to February 8.