Convicted by a jury after 39 minutes
shaking its head from side to side like it was trying to sever the leg”. Other neighbours heard him shout “get the f**king dog off me” and “f**king help me” and one saw the animal dragging Mr Ellam. They rang the police. A male neighbour even threw a knife into the garden and told Mr Ellam to stab the dog, but he said that he could not. The first police officer on the scene found wounds on Mr Ellam’s legs and arms and said the dog had blood on its mouth, neck and torso. The court had also heard that the dog had bitten and scratched other neighbours in the past. Katherine Pierpoint, defending, said that Alex was sometimes “overexcited and upset his neighbours”, but no-one left the scene of those incidents “screaming blue murder saying ‘you’ve got to do something about this dog.’” She also said: “[Joseph] says he was told [by police] the dog was not a prohibited breed. Well, that is right.” She added: “The authorities knew that she was going back to where she had been before, in that garden, in those circumstances.” The case was adjourned until sentencing this morning and Joseph, 30, of Hopkinson Road, Sheepridge, was remanded in custody. A request for him to be granted bail overnight was denied by the judge, who said he had had enough time to sort out his affairs.