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Woman's ear sliced for 10 debt

Patricia Amos
Ms Amos also had a gun put into her mouth in the incident

A drug dealer has been found guilty of cutting part of a woman's ear off because she owed him 10.

Andre Singh made Patricia Amos, who sold drugs for him, kneel in woods near Banbury, Oxfordshire, and cut off the top of her ear.

At Birmingham Crown Court, Singh, 29, from Wednesbury, West Midlands, was convicted of wounding with intent and having cocaine with intent to supply.

He was also found guilty of shooting a man twice in the leg over a drug debt.

And Singh was also convicted of possessing a stun gun without a firearms certificate.

Told to kneel

He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Ms Amos, who in 2002 became the first parent in the country to be jailed for letting her daughter play truant, owed Singh money, the court heard.

She had been ordered to pay him money for drugs she had sold, but only had 390 of the 400 she owed.

Ms Amos had been told to go to Teddy Bear Woods on 20 March last year, where she was met by Singh and another unidentified man, the court heard.

She was told to close her eyes and had a gun put into her mouth, before being told to kneel.

Ms Amos then felt a pulling on her ear and excruciating pain as the top of her left ear was cut off, the jury was told.

She managed to stagger out of the woods and asked some nearby youths for help.

In August last year Singh shot Mark Usmar in an alleyway in Handsworth Wood after Mr Usmar had gone to pay him 320, the court also heard.


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