Holbeach dog bite victim awarded £250

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A man who was in charge of a Bull Mastiff/German Shepherd Dog (GSD) cross when it bit a neighbour must pay her £250 compensation.

Christopher Williams (59), of Low Lane, Holbeach, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday) after pleading guilty at a hearing in August to being in charge of a dog, called Max, when it was dangerously out of control and bit Jean Ward in Battlefields Lane South.

No banning order was made at yesterday’s hearing and there was no order for the destruction of Max

The hearing was adjourned for a pre-sentence report, when it was suggested the Crown Prosecution Service would seek an order to prevent Williams from keeping dogs.

But no banning order was made at yesterday’s hearing and there was no order for the destruction of Max, who is owned by another man and was in Williams’s care on the day of the offence, April 16.

At the resumed hearing, Williams was also sentenced to a year-long community order with 80 hours unpaid work. He must pay £150 court costs.

The court heard on August 26 that Williams was looking after dogs for another man – as well as his own – on April 16.

Ms Ward went to police that morning to seek advice on how to stop dogs in Williams’s care from getting into her garden.

Mark Kennedy, prosecuting, said police suggested that Williams could put up a higher fence – or she could do that if he declined.

Later that day a neighbour told Ms Ward that a dog had come through to her garden.

He said Ms Ward went inside, but then went back outside to see where her husband was.

Mr Kennedy said as soon as she did that, the dog charged at her and bit her right arm.

“She described the dog as letting go as soon as she was bitten,” he said.

Solicitor Liz Harte, for Williams, said then that Williams was serving a community order with an alcohol treatment requirement for a drink-drive offence and there was “an alcohol related theme” in the dangerous dog offence.