Dog at­tack sen­tence ad­journed

Weekend Courier - - News -

A MOTHER and son whose dogs tore the leg off a neigh­bour’s dog have had their sen­tenc­ing hear­ing ad­journed again af­ter an ap­peal to call for more wit­nesses.

Stephanie Joanne McGlew and Ward Glenn Ro­han were due to be sen­tenced at Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trates Court on May 18 af­ter a lengthy court process that has been on­go­ing for more than a year.

It also means the pair’s pound bill to the City of Rock­ing­ham will be $18,660 by that time.

In July 2017 they pleaded guilty to four charges be­tween them of hav­ing con­trol of a dog that chased a per­son or an­i­mal and caused in­jury, and fail­ure to reg­is­ter a dog.

Later that year they launched a suc­cess­ful ap­peal against their sen­tence where Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins or­dered the dogs be eu­thanised and in­cluded $13,000 in fines and costs.

Their lawyer Sa­mud Hemachan­dra re­quested a trial date as they wanted to call eight more wit­nesses: four dog be­havioural ex­perts and four lay wit­nesses.

City of Rock­ing­ham pros­e­cu­tir Tim Ham­mond re­quested an ear­lier date for the hear­ing.

Mag­is­trate Vivien Ed­wards said the only dates avail­able were in the sec­ond half of 2019.

She agreed to send the mat­ter to Perth for an ear­lier list­ing. Ms Hemachan­dra re­jected a date in Septem­ber and later ac­cepted Novem­ber 27 at Perth Mag­is­trates Court.

McGlew and Ro­han’s lawyer is be­ing paid for by the City be­cause of the suc­cess­ful ap­peal they launched.

Since their dogs were seized they have been in the City’s dog pound at a cost to ratepay­ers of $30 a day, bring­ing those costs alone to $14,070 as of this week.

It does not in­clude the orig­i­nal fines of $1700 for Ro­han and McGlew’s $1200 and com­bined court and vet costs of $10,213.84 be­tween them.

The at­tacked dog, Sa­tine, sur­vived but its leg could not be saved.

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