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Judge rules inmate 'bitten on penis by rodent' may sue

_50793359_rat.jpgMr Solomon and county officials disputed whether the culprit was a rat or mouse

A New York man who says a rat bit his penis during a jail stay may sue county officials, a judge has ruled.

PeterSolomon, who said he later had to endure a course of rabies jabs, saysjailers knew the ward in which they placed him was infested withrodents.

He says the jail was negligent and mistreated him because he is black.

Lawyersfor Nassau County sought to have the suit dismissed. Among otherarguments, its experts said they saw no evidence of serious injury.

Rodent problem disputed

InFebruary 2007, Mr Solomon, a Vietnam veteran who says he has beentreated for post-traumatic stress disorder, was jailed in the NassauCounty Correctional Center near New York City, pending trial on chargeshe had menaced his wife.

He was transferred to amedical observation unit amid worries he was mentally ill. In courtdocuments obtained by the BBC, he claims at night a rat "or similarrodent" emerged from a hole in his mattress and bit him on the penisand hand, drawing blood.

Mr Solomon, 54, claimed thecounty was indifferent to his treatment and failed to protect him fromthe vermin, and sued for damages.

County officials saidthey were shielded from lawsuits because they had acted in an officialcapacity, they were unaware of substantial risks, and they disputed thenotion that a rodent problem existed in the jail.

They also noted the wound did not require stitching and argued that his injuries were merely psychological.

"Theparties dispute whether the rodent was a mouse or a rat, whetherSolomon was bitten or scratched, and the nature and extent of hisinjuries," US District Judge Arthur Spatt wrote.

He ruled on Thursday the suit may proceed.

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ouch ! I couldnt sleep with rats about , think i'd protest make lots of noise................at night and get everyone to join in..............

My aunt ate biscuits back in mauritius when she was a child and a mouse or rat bit her nose while she was sleeping but she didnt feel it as apparently they blow on the area before nibbling on it , so the thing knew what it was doing ,,,,,,,,,,,,,eeeek

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