A recent private prosecution involving a dog attack and incident of common assault resulted in a conviction of the defendant following a trial last week, at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
Our client instructed us to prosecute the case after the police decided that there was insufficient evidence to do so.
We were able to gather sufficient evidence to persuade the court to issue a summons and, ultimately, to convict our client’s assailant.
In 2019, our client was walking his dogs along the canals of Warwickshire, when, in an unprovoked attack, one of his dogs, a retriever, was attacked by a bull mastiff, owned by the defendant.
As any dog owner would, our client did everything he could to protect his dog. But while he was doing so, the defendant punched him multiple times to the face.
Our client was taken to hospital where he was examined by medical professionals who confirmed injury.
His dog was also taken to see a vet, and was treated for minor injuries, causing our client to incur expense.
Following the ordeal, both parties contacted the police separately, offering very different accounts of the story that day.
At trial, the defendant had to concede that he had misled the police about what had happened.
Despite corroborating evidence, the police decided they could not bring a case.
Our client, a former police officer himself, decided he needed to take matters into his own hands, and contacted the team here at Regan Peggs Solicitors to act on his behalf.
We worked with him to build the case, and secure the conviction.
The court was persuaded to order the defendant to pay the costs of bringing the case, which means that our client will be reimbursed his expenses.
If the defendant does not pay, the court will take enforcement action against him.
Justice was secured for our client, and he was very pleased with the outcome of the case following the ordeal the defendant had caused following the incident.
If you too would like to discuss your situation with a member of the Regan Peggs Solicitors team, we’d be more than happy to help.