Brothers issued suspended sentence for dog attack
Posted: March 23, 2015
Posted in: Animal Bites
Two brothers have been issued suspended jail sentences after their dogs attacked a woman and bit her more than 60 times. Teresa Stinton was attacked by the dogs in Leominster, Herefordshire in June 2014 while out walking. The owners of the dogs – 27-year-old Kenneth Stutchberry, and brother, 22-year-old Andrew Stutchberry – both pleaded guilty to owning dangerously out of control dogs that caused injury. Both men have been banned from keeping dogs for the rest of their lives.
In a statement made at Hereford Crown Court, the attack victim said that she was convinced that she was going to die and would never see her children again. After the attack, she was taken straight to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by air ambulance. One of the dogs, an American red nose pit bull cross, died after the attack, and the other is soon to be destroyed.
Since the attack in June, Miss Stinton has undergone five operations yet continues to suffer with ongoing nerve and tendon damage to both of her legs and her right arm.
Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC sentenced Kenneth Stutchberry, of Gwynne St, Hereford, to 12 months imprisonment, (suspended for two year), and Andrew, of Bridge St, Leominster, to 9 months imprisonment, (also suspended for two years).
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