A DELIVEROO rider who bit a customer's thumb off while delivering his pizza has admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Jeniffer Rocha now faces prison after she gnawed off Stephen Jenkinson's thumb in December 2022 near his home in Aldershot.

The customer's right thumb was completely severed just above the knuckle as a result of the freak attack.

Mr Jenkinson, 36, and Rocha, 35, had a brief argument over a delivery code before the Brazilian Deliveroo rider bit his thumb off.

Following the bizarre incident, Mr Jenkinson had to have part of his big toe surgically sewn onto the stump of his missing thumb.

Rocha, a married mother of two, appeared at Winchester Crown Court, and was due to face trial for grievous bodily harm with intent.

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But at the last minute she admitted grievous bodily harm without intent. She will be sentenced at a later date.

Prosecutor Rebecca Austin told the court Mr Jenkinson had undergone an 11-hour operation after the incident and remained ‘permanently disabled’.

“The impact on the victim has been devastating", she said.

“He has been left with a permanent disability and a part of his toe being removed.

“It has had a physical and psychological impact and continues to this day.”

The court heard Mr Jenkinson ordered pizza from Deliveroo to his home near Aldershot, Hants, on December 14, 2022.

However Rocha arrived at the wrong address and when Mr Jenkinson went to collect his food the pair argued over a delivery code which he was required to show.

Mr Jenkinson told the BBC as he raised his hand Rocha bit his thumb.

"All I remember, I was shaking her helmet trying to get her off", he told the BBC.

"The force with which she must have been biting, she'd clean taken it off."

He said it was as if he had "gone through a chainsaw".

Mr Jenkinson, a plumber by trade, said he has been unable to work and had to relearn basic tasks like tying shoelaces and doing up buttons.

He said: "Financially, I'm ruined. I'm unemployed. I'm in a massive amount of debt and I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel."

His relationship with the mother of his newborn daughter has also broke down, the BBC reported.

"I have to live with this for the rest of my life," Mr Jenkinson said.

He said has received nothing from Deliveroo.

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Addressing Rocha in court, Judge Timothy Mousley KC said it was a ‘serious offence which may well result in you being sent to prison’.

Rocha has citizenship in the UK until 2028.

Deliveroo said in a statement to the BBC that riders are self-employed.