A man whose bull terrier attacked and killed his neighbour has been jailed for 10 several years.
Aaron Joseph, thirty, was located responsible of possessing the dog which killed fifty two-calendar year-old David Ellam even though it was dangerously out of handle in August 2016.
The feminine crossbreed bull terrier attacked Ellam exterior his flat in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, as he tried to protect his very own pet, a Yorkshire terrier, from the canine. He endured significant accidents and died twelve several hours later at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Neighbours instructed the court docket they listened to screams for aid from Ellam as the canine mauled him. One particular mentioned they grabbed a knife to try out to stab the animal, but it only unveiled Ellam after a law enforcement officer sprayed it with a fire extinguisher.
The jury was instructed the dog experienced attacked people prior to and was the subject of an buy requiring it to be muzzled, neutered and held on a lead in public. Joseph disregarded all conditions of the get.
Police seized the pet in June 2016 following complaints from users of the general public, but it was decided that the animal was not a pit bull terrier, a breed banned under the Unsafe Dogs Act, and it was returned to its owner 8 times prior to it killed Ellam.
An investigation was released by the Independent Police Issues Fee (IPCC) soon after Ellam’s demise into the determination by West Yorkshire police to return the dog to its proprietor.
Sentencing Joseph, Decide Sally Cahill stated the situations of his offence were “nothing brief of horrendous”.
“On the 15th August 2016, Mr David Ellam achieved his dying in the most appalling method,” she stated. “He arrived out of his own front doorway and on his doorstep, he was attacked and mauled to death by your dog, Alex.
“Because of your vanity, this puppy, which should have been meticulously and strictly controlled, was retained in situation whereby she was capable to escape and attack Mr Ellam.
“You did items and failed to do factors which in my judgment were not small, they had been the root trigger of this dying. You could have muzzled Alex. That one easy act, in compliance with the court docket purchase, would have prevented this tragedy.”
She additional: “All this leads to a summary that you bear sizeable if not total duty for the activities that early morning. This attack transpired since of your arrogant and stubborn disregard for the welfare and protection of other individuals in the local community.”
Katherine Pierpoint, mitigating, stated Joseph was “genuinely shocked” when he noticed what experienced took place to Ellam. “He by no means realised it would happen,” she explained.