US tourist in court for biting off man's lip

US tourist in court for biting off man's lip
The attack took place inside the Oktoberfest tent. Photo: DPA

An American tourist who bit off a man's bottom lip during a fight at Munich’s Oktoberfest was given a suspended sentence by a German court on Monday.


The American woman, named as Tesia D., was sentence to one year and nine months suspended after she ripped off three centimetres of flesh from a 23-year-old man's lip.

Victim, Australian Ben M., was celebrating in the popular Hofbräu tent at the beer festival with friends on September 27th when Tesia D. put her elbow in one of his friend’s faces.

Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday that a fight then started during which the 30-year-old American bit down on the lower lip of Australian for several seconds. A piece of flesh was ripped from his lip.

She told the court on Monday: “I find it difficult to explain why I did it.”

Ben, from Melbourne, told police: “She took my lip between her teeth and bit harder and harder. I tried to break away. She turned her head and tore my lip off. My lip was lying on the floor. I thought I was unconscious.”

Doctors tried to sew the lip back on that day but the operation did not work. The piece of flesh died off.

Tesia D. paid Ben €11,000 compensation, Bild reported, but in an email to the court he said he was still suffering.

“I had to learn to speak again. I can’t kiss anymore,” he said.

Tesia has been in prison since the attack and is due to fly back to the US on Tuesday. 

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