Family attacked by out-of-control dog

Magistrates have heard how a mother and son were injured by an out-of-control Staffordshire bull terrier in Tweedmouth.

Saturday, 24th February 2018, 07:01 am
Berwick Magistrates' Court

Leigh Patterson, 45, of Dean Drive, was sentenced to 23 weeks in custody when he appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court via videolink from HMP Durham where he is serving an eight-month sentence.

He had already pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two charges of being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control, causing injury.

The court heard the incident happened at Shielfield Park on May 11 when the defendant, who was said to be intoxicated, was walking three dogs and one of them, owned by his mother, ran off when it saw a mother and her children with their dogs. The mum received a puncture wound and one of the children was scratched.

The prosecution did not ask for the destruction of the dog.

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James Long said: “It was the defendant that was as much of a problem as the dog was.”

Magistrates granted a contingency order for the dog so it could be kept on the condition there was no repeat. It must also be kept on a lead in public and the defendant must not have custody of it. The victims will receive £150 compensation.

The defendant also received a 12 month driving disqualification for taking his step-father’s car without consent on July 9.