"Mullen, a single mum, was on medication and found it difficult to cope after the separation."
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Mum bit club barman after row about birthday greeting
A drunken mum hit a nightclub DJ because he would not turn his music off so she could wish her friend happy birthday.
In the ensuing fracas, Zoe Jane Mullen then bit a barman as he tried to restrain her.
The violence erupted in The Basement, Wellington Street, Leicester, on November 22.
Mullen admitted two counts of causing actual bodily harm.
The 32-year-old, of Browns Way, Whetstone, was given a six-month community order, with a three-month curfew, between 9pm and 7am.
Timothy Palmer, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court Mullen went up to the disc jockey and asked him to turn the music off briefly while she made an announcement wishing her friend a happy birthday, which he refused to do.
Mullen reached across and tried to turn the music off herself, which he stopped her from doing.
She walked away and the DJ came out of his box to explain why he could not turn the music off.
Mullen then hit him in the eye, later claiming she swung her arm and it was not a deliberate punch, which was accepted by the prosecution.
The DJ's laptop computer was knocked to the ground in the skirmish.
A doorman and a barman began moving her towards the exit and she began swearing at them.
Mr Palmer said: "The barman had hold of her arms and wrist.
"Suddenly, she lunged towards him and bit him twice on his wrists and dug her nails into him.
"He was left with a clear and visible one-inch bite mark and the skin was broken.
"The police arrived and she was arrested."
In interview, Mullen denied doing anything wrong, claiming she was roughly handled by staff and behaved as she did in self-defence.
Mr Palmer said: "She now accepts biting the barman was excessive."
Michael Neofytou, in mitigation, said Mullen was suffering from depression and coming to terms with the end of a long-term relationship at the time of the incident.
Mullen, a single mum, was on medication and found it difficult to cope after the separation.
Mr Neofytou said: "She is now very much turning the corner.
"In drink, she behaved in a way she wouldn't normally behave.
"It was out of character. She made a nuisance of herself in the club and believed she was acting in self-defence.
"However, she accepts that causing the (bite mark) injury was unacceptable and without justification."
Judge Mark Rogers told Mullen: "You do yourself no favours by your attitude.
"You really ought to know better at your age. Sorry if it seems patronising, but it's the behaviour of someone 15 years younger than you.
"These are serious matters against people who were trying to do their jobs."