7:00am Saturday 2nd March 2013
Exclusive By Dolores Cowburn
A 21-year-old mum out celebrating the birth of her six-week-old son has had part of her lip bitten off in an horrific attack outside a Bradford nightclub.
Chantelle Da Costa was with a group of friends outside Club C in Sackville Street when the incident happened.
Miss Da Costa had been out marking the birth of her son Jahdelle when she became involved in an argument with a man.
After a bit of pushing and shoving, she said she felt a bite on her face. Before she realised what had happened she had blood streaming down her face and her friend told her part of her bottom lip had gone.
“At the time I didn’t realise my lip had gone,” said Miss Da Costa, of West Bowling, who now has to wait up to six months for her wound to heal before she undergoes plastic surgery.
“I am in pain, I feel disfigured and I can’t kiss my baby and I won’t leave the house because I can’t face the public.
“I feel ugly and depressed. I have to rely on my friends to help with the baby.
“The doctors have said that I need plastic surgery to build my lips back and that could take between three to six months. They have to wait for it to heal properly.
“It is just so terrible and awful. I have a six-week-old baby and didn’t go out looking for problems. I went out for a good night out to celebrate the birth of my baby.
“Normally when the sun is out shining, I take my baby out but I can’t face it.”
Miss Da Costa now has to go to the hospital every three days to get her wound re-dressed.
A police spokesman confirmed detectives were investigating the incident which occurred at 4.25am on Sunday, February 24, and appealed for witnesses to contact officers.
The spokesman said: “An argument is believed to have occurred at a nightclub between a 21-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man.
“The 21-year-old was subjected to a serious assault and received facial injuries. She was taken to BRI for treatment.”
A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed pending further inquiries.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to contact Bradford South Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.
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