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Man jailed for 10 debt ear slice

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

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

Andre Singh made Patricia Amos, who sold drugs for him, kneel in woods near Banbury, Oxfordshire, in March 2008.

He then put a gun in her mouth before wrestling her to the floor and cutting off part of her ear.

Singh, 30, from Wednesbury, West Midlands, was convicted of wounding with intent and jailed for a minimum of seven-and-a-half years.

He was also convicted of having cocaine with intent to supply and possession of a firearm without a certificate at a previous hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

The attack was in revenge for an unpaid drug debt after Miss Amos allegedly cut drugs she was selling on Singh's behalf.

'An enigma'

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

Singh was also found guilty last year of shooting a man who owed him money after luring him into an alley.

The drug dealer had threatened to blow up the house of Mark Usmar's parents before he shot him twice in the right leg.

Sentencing Singh at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Howard Morrison QC said he was "an enigma" because while on remand he had saved a fellow inmate's life in a kitchen fire.

The judge added: "As matters stand, you pose a significant risk to the public of causing serious injury."

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