This shocking picture shows the horrific injuries a teenage girl suffered after her jealous boyfriend BIT her lip.
Rhys Culley, 23, asked pretty Chanttelle Ward if she loved him before he sank his teeth into the 18-year-old’s flesh during a kiss.
Culley was jealous and insecure about what his girlfriend was doing while he was working away when he decided to disfigure her.
The attack was so severe, Ms Ward was convinced her top lip had come off.
Jurors at Newcastle Crown Court saw pictures of angry teeth marks in Miss Ward’s upper lip after the attack, during which he smeared her own blood around her face and forced his tongue in her mouth.
Culley, who had been in a relationship with Miss Ward for over two years, denied wounding with intent but was found guilty after a trial.
He will be sentenced next month and has now been remanded in custody.
Greame Cook, defending, applied for the shopfitter’s bail to be allowed to continue while he awaits sentence but Miss Recorder Wigin refused.
The judge said: “The sentence will inevitably be custody.”
Jurors heard Culley, of South Shields, near Newcastle, bit down on the victim’s lip with the same force that would be needed to bite through a 1cm thick piece of rubber.
As well as the gruesome “very deep” injury to her mouth, Miss Ward had bruising and scratches to her head and body after the attack, which started after a row about Facebook.
Miss Ward told jurors during the trial Culley had tried to kiss her and asked her if she still loved him before the bite.
She said: “He put his whole mouth around my lips and pulled, I thought that my whole lip had come off.
“There was blood everywhere.”
The court heard trouble had flared at Miss Ward’s home after a night out, when he chased her from room to room and attacked her.
Prosecutor Emma Dowling said Culley kicked and punched Miss Ward, pulled her hair, threw her into furniture and chucked things at her before finally launching the frenzied facial attack.
The attack happened on February 22 this year, after the young couple had been out at the County Public House in South Shields.
They had been celebrating Miss Ward’s mother’s birthday and at about 10.30pm Miss Ward, the defendant and her aunt Susan Stewart shared a taxi home, dropping her aunt off first.
When the defendant and his girlfriend got back to her house, the mood of the night changed. The defendant brought up a conversation that his girlfriend had had with another man on Facebook earlier in the month.
The defendant then took Miss Ward’s phone off her in a bid to look through her Facebook messages.