EDMONTON – A woman who bit off a large chunk of a man's chin when he tried to take her keys away from her at a party was acquitted of aggravated assault on Wednesday.
Sara Nichole Ruff, 25, did not dispute she bit Kelli Olsen twice, once on the arm and once on the chin, but Judge Terry Clackson ruled the Crown had failed to disprove her claim of self defence and she was acquitted.
Court heard at trial that Ruff was drinking at a party at Olsen's condo in Whitecourt, 177 km northwest of Edmonton, during the early morning of June 10, 2012.
At one point, Ruff flashed her breasts to Ashley Leidl's husband and the upset Leidl angrily demanded Ruff leave the home.
When Olsen tried to stop Ruff from attacking Leidl and physically removed her from the condo, she responded by biting him on the arm and running to her car.
A "mob" of people stood behind the car while Olsen pinned Ruff against the vehicle, trying to wrestle her keys away from her. Ruff then chomped off a big chunk of Olsen's chin.