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Drunk 'menace of Gloucester', Kiaya Martin, bit a Good Samaritan's ear off

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

  • Kiaya Martin

  • Gloucester Crown Court

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A GOOD Samaritan had his ear bitten off by a drunk teenager after he asked her and her boyfriend to “calm down”.

The cartilage was so badly damaged that doctors were unable to repair Alastair Brown’s ear following the attack.

“Menace of Gloucester” Kiaya Martin was jailed for four-and-a-half years after the bite, which has left her victim traumatised.

Gloucester Crown Court heard the 19-year-old woman was drunk and had been sniffing butane gas on December 2, last year.

Prosecutor Mark Hollier said Martin was outside her Worcester Street home with her homeless boyfriend Matthew Pettit.

He said: “It was plain they were drunk and she had been sniffing gas, which she was addicted too.

“They were incredibly noisy, shouting at each other, effing and blinding and falling down – generally causing a ruckus and disturbance.

“Mr Brown lives just round the corner and went to the chip shop. He became aware of the antics and so he walked across asking them to calm down and go steady.

“He took hold off Mr Pettit and he was so drunk he fell down. Mr Brown thought there was a scuffle and they fell on top of each other.

“She jumped on the back of Mr Brown and bit off his left ear, tearing off the cartilage.”

He told the court the police had already been called prior to the attack on Mr Brown and they arrived shortly after to find him and Martin both covered in blood.

Mr Hollier added Mr Brown had a port wine stain on his face, which had taken him a long time to overcome and so the new disfigurement had a psychological affect.

The court heard police had been called to incidents between Martin and Mr Pettit on 47 occasions between February 13, last year and her arrest in December.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC questioned the cost of that.

Mr Hollier replied: “It is practically once a week, for a year. They have been a menace on the streets of Gloucester.”

Defending Joe Maloney said: “The defence would whole heartedly agree Mr Brown was a Good Samaritan.

“In his statement he said he would like her to get the help she needs. It is a very very generous and even-handed observation.

“The remorse she has shown has been genuine.

“She has been in and out of the care system for most of her life.

“She is a very bright and articulate young lady, but she does need to be told that she needs to get away from Mr Pettit.”

Martin pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent.

Judge Tabor said her life had gone “dramatically wrong”.

He said: “You have been taking drugs, sniffing lighter fluid and on occasions selling your body.

“Your behaviour was utterly disgraceful.

“You bit his ear off, which demonstrates just how out of control you were.

“You have had a terrible childhood, that is quite plain, and I can see you have been subjected to pressures and strains that most of us do not have to undergo.

“But now is the time to say ‘I will make a go of my life’.”

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  • kurbie06  |  February 16 2014, 12:20PM

    @anythingatall i'd like to know how you seem to know so much about my family??? And yes Kiaya is one of the main contributions to Nigel not seeing his other children, he didnt speak to his parents for 4 years thanks to Kiayas lies.... and Michelle truthful??? ROFL you obviously havent got a clue, so in future before you start slating get your facts straight.

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  • nigel_martin  |  February 13 2014, 8:16PM

    Wow at anythingatalls comments, I really would love to know how you know so much about me, i had not said anything on this and i certainly was not looking for sympathy... please tell me who is william? i have a son named will but not william. Please tell me whose lives i have ruined. I see my youngest son, no problems there at all...

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  • anythingatall  |  February 13 2014, 6:49PM

    please dont read her stepmum comments aqnd feel sorry for the faher. kiaya grew up in a disfunctinal family from birth, both her mother and father and step parents through out have had a bad influence on kiayas life. drugs and neglect have been a big influence in her life and she has lived as she has learned from parents NOT her time in care and her grandparents have done their best to bring her up in a normal environment from an early age until she became out of control.nigel and kelly need to accept that they are partly to blame for kiaya's life, you created this person who does not understand what a normal life is.you should be ashamed.Jenny just a little in fo, DONT believe all nigel tells you. kiaya IS NOT the reason he does not see his other children. ASK williams mum why she left and believe her. i know she is truthful.kiaya knows she is truthful. nigel has ruined more lives than you know.

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  • Herstepmum  |  February 12 2014, 8:39AM

    Hi Alistair – thank you for some quite understanding comments about Kiaya and about what happened to you. I can only apologise wholeheartedly for what she did. I don't condone it, there are no excuses for it. I do, however, feel the need for the right to reply to some of your comments. Kiaya DID grow up with love and in a safe environment. Fending for herself is a choice Kiaya made and was not forced upon her. She has a family, she chose to cr@p on them from a great height, many times over. She would have had a safe haven to run to, but her life is of her own making, and not for want of some serious effort and trying on the part of the family. Kiaya's father has stood by her through thick and thin. The family have been torn apart by her actions with some very long-reaching repercussions. I have step-children I have never met, all due to Kiaya's action, which also means my husband has been denied a relationship with his children. As a father, you can understand how painful that is. I'm not going into the nitty gritty details, as I don't feel that necessary on a public forum like this. All I ask is that you withhold such statements without knowing the full facts. I should also point out, social services have been largely responsible for her upbringing since around the age of 14, by which point our family was completely torn to pieces. Since then, they have allowed her to steal – without the need to take responsibility for her actions, to lie, to run away time and again to be with her then boyfriend, now a convicted paedophile. They knew she was selling herself, but did nothing. They knew she was addicted to butane, but did nothing. We asked for her to be given help, they said they wouldn't because she didn't want it. Like you, we can only hope this is a turning point in her life and that she is now being made to take some responsibility for what she's done, she can learn from it and move on with her life for the better.

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  • the_samaritan  |  February 11 2014, 6:14PM

    I've never met her, I just think we are too quick to hate these days and that hate makes us feel justified in ignoring the people with no family and no education that are left festering in the trough, easy pickings for the real criminal's that exploit them for sex trade, get them addicted to drugs, get them stealing. Our young people need us, we are the grown ups and they are our legacy. They are all our problem and responsibilitie or do we wait for the pillocks in parlament to have another petty row about it and still do nothing!

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  • cortezcortez  |  February 11 2014, 6:03PM

    Www works12.com will you go away please

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 11 2014, 5:53PM

    It's not unusual for victims to feel the way you do, especially once they've met the offender, hence why it isn't victims who make sentencing decisions!

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  • the_samaritan  |  February 11 2014, 5:21PM

    Hi my name is Alistair Brown and obviously I have an opinion on this attack. This teenage girl is obviously disturbed and angry at the world, I think we need to remember that most of us grew up with love in a safe enviroment. This teenager has been fending for herself with no role model or safe haven to run to when things go wrong. She has been manipulated by older men and taken advantage of. I forgive her and sincerely hope she takes advantage of the education now available to her and realises the choice she makes now could lead to a good life worth living. I have daughters and know I will love and care for them til I die. I feel sorry for Kiaya and wish her a happy life, if she'd had the love and care my daughters have maybe she wouldn't be here and I'd still have my ear!!

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 11 2014, 2:36PM

    If she were a dog she'd be put down. Oh, hold on.......

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  • Justica  |  February 11 2014, 9:48AM

    Who gets the sympathy vote ? Not a good Samaritan getting his ear bitten off but a female thug high on drink and butane !

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