JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina — A woman who admitted chomping down on her boyfriend’s testicles but argued it was self-defense has been found not guilty of malicious castration.
Martinne Delavega, 54, said she only starting biting her boyfriend after he pinned her down and started choking her during an argument that started when she told him to move out. She testified that she thought she was biting his leg.
“I thought, he’s gonna kill me,” Delavaga testified, according to WITN-TV. “I couldn’t get away from him. I just started biting, I thought I bit his leg and then he yelled ‘you bit my balls’!”
But the man had testified that he only punched her to stop her from biting him and that she had taken a chomp out of his chest and arms before ripping open his scrotum.
He required stitches following the 2015 attack but says he still has psychological and physical problems.
“I live in this community. I work in this community. It’s embarrassing,” he told jurors.
Delavega was also cleared of assault charges. Her attorney, Matt Silva, called the verdict “a poor definition of victory,” given that she “endured three years of being vilified.”
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