Pittsfield man convicted of nearly biting off roommate’s thumb

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man has been convicted of nearly completely biting off his roommate’s thumb during a fight over bathroom use.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that 57-year-old Michael Mensah was convicted Thursday of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. He faces sentencing Friday. He was acquitted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Police say when they responded to their apartment on Feb. 11, Stephen Quam came to the door with the top of his thumb hanging by a tendon.

The 61-year-old Quam testified that it could not be re-attached and doctors removed it. He showed his disfigured thumb to the jury.

The fight started when both men wanted to use the bathroom at the same time.

Mensah’s attorney said Quam was the aggressor and his client acted in self-defense.


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