A convicted child sex attacker barred from keeping Chihuahuas because he used them to “attract girls” was caught breaching the ban – when he complained to police one of them had been stolen.
George Calf, 71, of Mabley Street, South Hackney, was found guilty in 2009 of sexually assaulting a child under 14 in the 1980s. He was ordered not to keep dogs in March under a sexual harm prevention order.
Ah, that ghastly legislation that is used to prevent the CPS having to do any real work and prove a case for someone to be jailed.
But he continued to keep six of the dogs which are named after kids’ toys like Ken, Barbie and Sindy.
Now, that’s reaching a bit, don’t you think?
A judge at Thames Magistrates’ Court said on Tuesday the ban had been made because Calf “has a dog in the house and in public, and he attracts girls because of it”.
So if he had a parrot, or a sports car, or a prize winning marrow, would he be banned from owning any of those things too? FFS!
But last month when Hannah, a five-month-old puppy, was stolen, he contacted the Gazette to launch an appeal.
CCTV images from the Akdeniz International supermarket showed a man scooping up the tiny pooch, and Calf said the thief then sped off in a gold Volvo estate.
Calf had been showing off Hannah, estimated to be worth £1,200, to a group of women outside in Well Street.
Women. Not young girls. Women.
He admitted breaking the order.
The magistrate told him it had been a “deliberate and blatant breach”.
Speaking to the Gazette as he appealed for Hannah’s return in April, he said: “I’ve had Chihuahuas for 30 odd years.”
He made no mention of the ban.
Why would he? Is he not entitled to fail to mention it? Is it not the ‘journalists’ job to do some digging if they feel it’s important?
Calf’s barrister told the court the dogs had been staying at friends’ houses since he was banned from keeping them, but on the day in question he had to collect them at short notice because they had run out of food.
“The dogs were taken and Mr Calf gave a statement somewhat incriminating himself,” he said.
“He has had Chihuahuas for a number of years and he says it’s companionship as he lives alone.
“Losing the dogs has had a substantial effect on Mr Calf’s health.
“I have a letter from his GP about his mental wellbeing. He’s on medication and having counselling on account of losing the dogs.”
And I know what the response is likely to be: “Screw him, he’s a nonce, he deserves everything he gets!”
But we should all pause and take stock when we see authoritarian and unfair legislation used in this manner, to deprive a man of property or companion animals, on such poorly thought out basis. No matter what his crime.
Because if they can do it to him….
H/T: OffencePolice via Twitter