A brutish supermarket worker husband bit off his wife’s ear.
Polish-born Damian Chwedczuk, 32, subjected his wife Debbie to three years of domestic abuse. He punched her, kicked her back and poked her in the eyes.
The man subjected his wife to a catalogue of abusive and unpleasant acts, including emptying her mother’s ashes on to the floor and vacuuming them up.
He also cut up her phone SIM card so she could not contact friends or family, and destroyed treasured photographs of her grandson.
The couple shared a home together in East Bergholt, Suffolk.
Finally, after three years of abuse and fear Debbie sought help from the police after Chwedczuk’s violent attack last September.
The grandmother had told the 32-year-old thug that she was leaving him but he refused to let her leave.
Polish-born Chwedczuk attacked his partner, punching her in the mouth, kicking her in the back and poking her eyes before ripping her right ear off with his teeth.
As Debbie staggered away she saw the upper part of her ear on the floor and managed to retrieve it before running away to get help.
“I ended up being punched in the face, then at one point I was cowering on the floor, but he was hitting my back and even tried to gouge my eyes out,” said Debbie, who is now separated from Chwedczuk and does not want to give her last name.
“Then he actually bit my ear and I just saw part of it lying on the floor. At one point, he had my neck in such a way that I thought he was going to kill me.”
Chwedczuk was arrested shortly after the attack on September 7 last year and jailed at Ipswich Crown Court in January after admitting wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He told police his wife had annoyed him and he wanted to hurt her.
Chwedczuk, who worked in the same supermarket as his wife, was also banned from contacting her indefinitely.
Debbie has undergone plastic surgery to repair the damage to her ear.
The domestic violence victim has now spoken out about her abuse and wants to urge other women to speak out about domestic violence.
Debbie said: “You are worth a lot more than being abused by somebody else.
“A year ago I would not have thought that I would be in this situation but I feel like I can move on and have a better life.
“I am happier now. I just wish I had got out sooner.”
Debbie said: “A couple of years ago, he head-butted me and I ended up being taken to hospital by some of my friends, but I did not press charges.
“I told them the old story that I had fallen down the stairs.
“It was just horrendous. It is hard when people say ‘just leave’, but there are things that hold you there.
“You just hang on but then it gets worse and worse. I do not really know why I stayed, maybe I just did not want to be on my own.”