Cou­ple’s tug-of-war over pet rot­tweiler leaves woman bleed­ing in street

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Francesca Mar­shall

A FOR­MER Saatchi and Saatchi de­signer has told how she was left bleed­ing in the street af­ter be­com­ing em­broiled in a tug-of-war with her exboyfriend over their pet dog.

Ellen Van de Vusse’s part­ner, Colin Comiskey, 35, bought her a rot­tweiler, Lola, as a gift dur­ing their three-year re­la­tion­ship, but af­ter the cou­ple sep­a­rated Comiskey as­saulted the ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive dur­ing a row over the an­i­mal.

Comiskey, a car­pen­ter, had vis­ited his for­mer girl­friend at her Lon­don home but the pair be­came in­volved in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion which left Ms Van de Vusse with a blood­ied arm, Hen­don mag­is­trates’ court heard.

It heard that Comiskey had vis­ited Ms Van de Vusse in April to drop off the dog and col­lect a num­ber of his pos­ses­sions.

Mo Miah, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The in­ci­dent en­sues as a re­sult of an ar­gu­ment be­tween the two over their dog and pos­ses­sion of that dog.”

It is not the first time the pair have be­come in­volved in such a dis­pute. The Ir­ish­man was sen­tenced to an 18-month com­mu­nity or­der ear­lier this year af­ter he at­tacked his for­mer part­ner at home in Jan­uary.

Ms Van de Vusse, now a se­nior ac­count di­rec­tor with mar­ket­ing agency OK COOL, wept as she told the court: “The rea­son he came to the house was that he de­manded to col­lect some of his pos­ses­sions.

“I said can we talk a bit about the sit­u­a­tion with

Lola. At this time he had wanted to swap her back four days a week. I said: ‘The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and the con­stant back and forth is not work­ing for me. Can we do a week at a time?’.”

At this point Comiskey al­legedly be­came ag­gres­sive, shout­ing about money and Ms Van de Vusse’s new boyfriend.

“He grabbed a lead and then he walked back into the kitchen and then put the lead on Lola,” said Ms Van de Vusse. “I said: ‘No you can­not take her, she is meant to stay with me to­day.’ I leant for­ward and I un­clipped the col­lar. I put my arms around her and hugged her.”

The court heard that Comiskey “pushed and pulled” Lola be­fore tak­ing her into the street, fol­lowed by Ms Van de Vusse.

She added: “I was hold­ing Lola… he pushed me down onto the road. He ran down the road with her [Lola].

“I was stand­ing in the street watch­ing it. I was go­ing to be sick. I looked down at my arm and it was cov­ered in blood – blood all over my hand.”

Comiskey de­nied as­sault­ing Ms Van de Vusse and said the in­juries were not his fault. He claimed that his ex got the in­juries strug­gling with the dog col­lar, adding: “There was no as­sault. I did not cause the in­juries. It was not done by me.”

Mag­is­trate Alexia Feather­stone­howe re­jected his ver­sion of events: “We have seen pho­to­graphs of in­juries and we be­lieve these in­juries are con­sis­tent with push­ing and pulling. We be­lieve these in­juries were in­flicted by you. We find you guilty of this as­sault.”

Comiskey, of Ful­ham, was con­victed of com­mon as­sault, which car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of six months in jail.

He will be sen­tenced later this month.

‘I was go­ing to be sick. I looked down at my arm and it was cov­ered in blood – blood all over my hand’

Colin Comiskey was found guilty of as­sault­ing Ellen Van de Vusse, right, in an ar­gu­ment about their pet dog, Lola, be­low

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