The owner of two dogs that mauled an elderly woman back in January, was today ordered to pay $400 forthwith after he owned up to two offences.
Christopher Maurice Straker, 45, of No. 18 Brighton Crescent, St Michael, had previously denied that being the owner of a Great Dane and a Bull Mastiff, he unlawfully allowed them to enter a public place, namely Brighton Road, on January 19 when they were not on a lead or leash.
However, when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today he had a change of heart and pleaded guilty to the charges.
According to the police report, 81-year-old Enid Small, also of Brighton, was on her way back home from a morning walk when the dogs ran at her. As she attempted to retreat, the dogs, which were 11 months and three years old, attacked, biting her in the buttocks, thighs, back, hands and back.
She was treated at the scene and later taken to hospital after a neighbour responded to her screams.
The prosecutor said Straker left the dogs, which were licenced, inside a closed gate, but did not secure it with the pin. He was subsequently informed about the attack.
Today, the dog owner was ordered to pay $200 forthwith for each offence or to spend seven days in prison. The monies were paid.
Under the law, a person found guilty of the aforementioned offence faces a maximum fine of $250 or three months in prison or both.