Con­victed by a jury af­ter 39 min­utes

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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.

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