The owner of a Staffordshire
bull terrier-cross which attacked a meter reader, causing a
deep wound to his right forearm requiring skin grafts, must
pay $1000 reparation to the victim.
Benjamin Job Graham, 28, of Gate Pa appeared for sentencing
today in Tauranga District Court. He had pleaded guilty to
one charge each of being the owner of dog which attacked a
person and caused serious injury and being the owner of an
Judge Davidson convicted Graham of both charges and ordered
him to pay $1000 emotional harm reparation to the victim
Clive Claridge at $20 a week.
The offence occurred during Mr Claridge's visit to Graham's
then-Tom Muir Drive property on February 19 this year.
As Mr Claridge approached the meter next to the garage door,
the dog which had been tied up on rope inside the partially
open garage lunged at him and bit him on the right forearm.
Mr Claridge required skin grafts to repair deep bite wound.
He has been left with a permanent scar after part of the skin
graft failed to take.
The dog has already been ethunased after Graham surrendered
the animal to Tauranga City Council animal services.
- By Sandra Conchie of
the Bay of Plenty Times