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Glamour model jailed for biting friend
9:05am Wednesday 1st January 2014 in Echo News
AN aspiring glamour model and singer has been jailed for four weeks for biting a friend.
Laura Eden, 22, wept at Southend Magistrates’ Court yesterday as she was told by the bench they had no choice but to immediately put her behind bars after she admitted biting friend Melusi Mlothshwa twice at his flat in London Road, Westcliff.
She also admitted criminal damage after causing £3,500 of damage to an ice cream machine in a takeaway below.
Eden, who was said in court to be living at various addresses in Southend including her grandmother’s, visited Mr Mlothshwa’s flat with a friend on December 27.
Ian Allen, prosecuting, told the court all three had been drinking throughout the night and while Eden’s friend left at about 2.30am, she remained there until 7.15am when Mr Mlothshwa asked her to leave.
He said: “She was extremely drunk and the complainant reports she began to attack him, biting him on the left hand side of his chest. He tried to defend himself, trying to keep Miss Eden away from him, which was followed by her biting him on his right hand little finger, causing it to bleed.
“The defendant was sufficiently intoxicated that she herself fell over, striking her face on the floor, causing her mouth to bleed. She began spitting blood around the room when the complainant telephoned the police and she left the property.”
After leaving the property, Eden, who claims on social network profiles to be a model, singer and actress, found herself in a locked alleyway belonging to the Tasty Chicken takeaway below the flat.
She made her way into that property where owner Mohammad Khan found her shouting “I need to get out”. She was then arrested.
Her solicitor Simon Samuels told the court: “When sober, Miss Eden comes across as a quiet, nice, young woman. Her main problem in life at the moment is alcohol and, in particular, binge drinking.”
However, he said following similar convictions, Eden had signed up to a rehabilitation programme and had decided to live with her father in Islington permanently to “leave the influences of Southend which are putting her in the position to drink”.
Eden was sentenced to four weeks’ immediate imprisonment for assault, four weeks concurrently for criminal damage and her outstanding fines, short of £100, were converted to ten days’ concurrent imprisonment.
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