A man in the southern town of Perpignan told a court that his girlfriend's violent attack on his manhood left him needing eleven stitches in his testicles to repair the damage.

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Lovers’ tiff leads to torn testicles

A man in the southern town of Perpignan told a court that his girlfriend's violent attack on his manhood left him needing eleven stitches in his testicles to repair the damage.

The couple, a man of 36 and a woman of 37, both claimed that the other was violent in their relationship, according to a report in local newspaper L’Indépendant.

“He often hit me, even during my pregnancy,” the woman told the court. “She was consumed by jealousy,” said the man. “She started by hitting me often. It was daily.”

On the night of the painful injury, the man claimed he was in the bathroom when his partner started arguing with him.

“She stopped me from leaving. I accept that I knocked her over while pushing her away,” he said. “She jumped on me and we ended up rolling around in the bedroom.”

“I was defending myself,” said the woman. “He was holding my head and arms.”

Either in defence or attack, the woman grabbed the man’s penis and pulled it very hard to the point where it tore his skin. The result was eleven stitches to repair the damage.

Having heard the couple’s testimony, the court retired to make its judgment, which will be delivered on October 13th.

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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