Former police officer who chomped down on her best friend's nose so hard it was hanging off in front of her children has been jailed for 22 months

Mail Online | 6/12/2018 | Laura Forsyth For Mailonline
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A policewoman was jailed for 22 months today after biting her best friend's nose so hard, it was hanging off.

Rebecca Barnett, who was pregnant at the time, launched her vicious assault at a children's football club awards ceremony and chomped on the shocked woman's nose in front of her children.

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A judge who jailed her told Barnett: 'You were a serving police officer, you should have known better.'

Disgraced Barnett, who has since given birth and has been sacked from the police, admitted the charges against her but was allowed to remain out of prison until she gave birth to her child.

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The 33-year-old was sacked from the police for gross misconduct, having got into a fight with another woman while off-duty after an awards ceremony at the football club which both their children attended.

Judge Zoe Smith heard that whilst off duty, Barnett had been drinking Prosecco and had become involved in an argument with her friend 29-year-old Leanne Rawlins and a fight ensued.

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She then grabbed Ms Rawlins and bit her on the nose, causing a significant injury, which required surgery and has left the victim with permanent scarring.

Sentencing her Judge Smith said: 'You were a serving police officer, and you ought to have known better.

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'You and Ms Rawlins were good friends and I think your elder children both attended the same school. You were at Easingston Football club for a presentation. Not only were your children there but other's children were present.

'There was a conversation about parents taking drugs. She said she was going home and that made you angry. You threw down your glass and smashed it,' said the judge.

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'You saw her and went towards her in anger. You called Ms Rawlins' friends 'coke heads'. She then asked you, Ms Barnett, if you were implying that she took drugs.

'You punched her...
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