Woman admits ripping out ex-boyfriend’s testicle with her teeth after he turns down threesome

Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

A woman has admitted ripping out an ex-boyfriend’s testicle with her teeth after he turned down a threesome.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today Nunzia Del Viscio, 43, of Murchie Crescent, Edinburgh, was placed on a Restriction of Liberty Order to stay in her home between 10pm and 6am for six months and ordered to pay her victim £500 compensation.

At her trial she claimed she had been acting in self-defence, but was found guilty of assaulting 44-year old Marcello Palma to his severe injury at his home in Lauriston Terrace on May 23 last year. Sentence had been deferred for reports.

Police officers were called to the property by the Ambulance Service, who had received a 999 call from the victim and they told the police that a male had had a testicle ripped out by a female.

Officers found Del Viscio outside the flat with blood on her teeth and face.

Sheriff Peter McCormack heard those involved in the incident were Italian nationals, all working in restaurants in Edinburgh and that they had met up after work in a nightclub.

All had been drinking and Del Viscio admitted to having taken some drugs in the toilet.

When the nightclub closed, Del Viscio, Palma, Massimo Torrice and Luisa Bragaglia, went in a taxi to Palma’s flat.

Palma said the atmosphere was lovely: “We were happy to be together” he said, adding: “We went back to the flat to keep the night going”.

Asked what he thought was going to happen, he replied: “sexual relations”.

He and Massimo were friends,  both from Cassino, and he (Palma)  had been in a sexual relationship with Del Viscio.

When they got to the house, however, he and Luisa went to one bedroom and Massimo and Del Viscio into another.

At about 4 am, he said, Del Viscio came into his bedroom naked, jumped on the bed and said she wanted a threesome.

He said “No” and she began screaming saying that his friend was no good in bed.

Del Viscio, he said, went into the bedroom where she had been with Massimo and began “destroying it”.

He told her to calm down and get out of his flat. “I took her clothes and threw them at her” he said.

“We were insulting each other and she came against me and bit my left testicle. I threw two or three punches and had a finger in her eye to push her away. She drew her head back and my testicle came out.”

He said he tried to staunch the flow of blood with a towel and called for an ambulance. He was taken to the Royal Infirmary where his testicle was put back into the scrotum and 15 stitches inserted.

Defence solicitor, Philip Templeton, said photographs showed injuries to his client’s eyes and face and asked Palma if he had caused them. “Yes” said Palma, “I was trying to stop her biting my testicle”.

Luisa Bragaglia said she saw Marcello with a towel, covered in blood, covering his genitals. “I think he said ‘Look what she’s done to me'”.  There was an opening in his scrotum which, she said, looked “Nasty”.

Del Viscio told Sheriff McCormack she had been drinking vodka during the evening and taken drugs in the toilet of the nightclub.

Her solicitor asked her how was her memory of the latter part of the evening and she replied: “There are things I can’t remember”.

Sentencing Del Viscio, Sheriff McCormack acknowledged Del Viscio had no previous convictions and there was a background of her having taken alcohol, cocaine and a mixture of unknown drugs in the nightclub. The curfew, he said, would prevent her from indulging in such conduct late at night.

As for the compensation for Mr Palma, Sheriff McCormack told her: “I would have made an order for a much greater amount, in four figures, had you had reasonable means to pay, but given your circumstances and resources, I will restrict the compensation to £500 to be paid at £50 a month”.

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