The owner of an adult pitbull has been charged after police
say the dog attacked and bit his 3-year-old nephew on the
face resulting in a 6cm gash under the boy's right eye.
Arron James Kohu, 41, who appeared in Tauranga Community
Magistrates' Court today, faces a charge of being the owner
of a dog which causes injury, which has a maximum sentence of
three years imprisonment.
Police say the dog, which was tied up on a long chain,
attacked the boy at Kohu's Waikari Rd address on March 27
while the toddler was playing near the animal on the back
The Hastings boy, who was visiting the property at the time,
was treated at Tauranga Hospital.
The dog was seized and remains in the dog pound pending the
outcome of the court case.
Through a duty lawyer Kohu sought interim name suppression
until his next court appearance on the basis that publication
of his name and the details of the charge would have a
serious impact on his sick mother who lives with him.
Police opposed the application.
Community Magistrate Sherida Cooper refused the suppression
request saying that any upset and embarrassment was a natural
consequences of any court appearance.
Kohu was remanded at large to obtain legal aid and further
His next court appearance is in Tauranga District Court on
May 16 when he is expected to enter a plea to the charge.
- By Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times