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Father facing jail for biting off love rival's finger at children's nativity playLee Wilkinson, 40, bit off Michael Dent's finger at Harton Primary School, South Shields, last year
The offshore worker has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in January
15:39 GMT, 18 December 2012
Lee Wilkinson arrives at Newcastle Crown Court where he admitted biting off another man's finger at a children's nativity play
A father who admitted biting off another man's finger at a children's nativity play has today been told a jail sentence is 'almost inevitable.'
Lee Wilkinson, 40, launched the attack on Michael Dent last December at Harton Primary School, South Shields, South Tyneside, following a feud between the men.
It is believed Mr Wilkinson had started a relationship with Mr Dent's wife while the couple had split.
The offshore worker, of Fulwell Avenue, South Shields, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court today to unlawful wounding and a separate public order offence in relation to a run-in last Christmas Eve.
He will be sentenced on January 25 and was granted bail. Judge Simon Hickey said: 'Custody is almost inevitable.'
Mr Dent was not in court for the brief hearing today.
Wilkinson was originally charged with more serious offences but Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said the pleas to these lesser counts were acceptable.
'There is somewhat a complex background to the case,' he said.
'It is accepted that Mr Dent has too been cautioned in respect of assaults on the defendant Mr Wilkinson. Obviously matters came to a head at the nativity play a year ago.'
Further details of the fight last December 6 were not opened in court.
Lee Wilkinson (pictured left at an earlier hearing) was in a relationship with Michael Dent's (right) ex wife
Harton Primary School in South Shields where Mr Dent had been watching his child's school nativity play when the fight erupted
After the attack last year, Mr Dent told reporters he had an on-going feud with Wilkinson over a woman.
Wilkinson had been in a relationship with Mr Dent's ex-wife, and trouble boiled over at the nativity play.
Mr Dent said: 'I went to the school to see my child in the nursery's nativity.'
It was not thought that any children witnessed the blood-shed, as the fight happened while they were preparing for the nativity play elsewhere in the school.
Mr Dent said he lost the tip of the little finger on his left hand.