The owner of the pit bulls that mauled 74-year-old Verona Gibson of Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael to death on January 28 this year was granted $65,000 bail with one surety when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this morning.
Peter Christopher Rock also of Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall was not required to plead to the indictable charge that he unlawfully caused Gibson’s death.
However, the 48-year-old chicken farmer denied six charges related to ownership of the pit bulls and Akita cross pit bulls, keeping the dogs without a licence and permitting them to be in a public place without leads of leashes.
Prosecutor Station Sergeant Carson Henry did not object to bail, but asked Magistrate Kristie Cuffy Sargeant to impose certain conditions on Rock, who was asked to surrender his passport to the court and to report to the Boarded Hall Police Station every Monday and Thursday with valid identification.
The accused, who is represented by attorney-at-law Leslie Cargill, was also warned not to keep any dogs until the matter was completely settled.
He returns to court on July 27.
Gibson was on her way to clean the St Barnabas Church early on Saturday January 28 when she was attacked by a pack of five dogs, which also turned on 30-year-old Damien McCollin as he made a valiant attempt to save Gibson.