What Was The Point Of The Beefed Up DDA?

The court decided to allow the dog to be returned to his owner after issuing a contingent destruction order.

Magistrate Vanessa Cumper said: “There was a lack of safety and control around the animal.”

Magistrates at Horsham ordered Lutchman to do 180 hours unpaid work.

The magistrate also ordered him to pay a total of £3,299.38 including £300 compensation to Mrs Sherlock, vet bills and kennelling costs.

I’m sure £300 will compensate her and the assistance dog charity admirably!

Sussex Police seized Vinnie two months after the incident.

I’ve seen sloths move faster.

“A number of previous incidents were recorded by police involving the dog,” Mr Restell said.

It never comes out of the blue, does it? There’s always a history of police inaction.

2 comments for “What Was The Point Of The Beefed Up DDA?

  1. September 28, 2019 at 3:18 am

    For whom will this ‘180 hours of unpaid work’ be done? Is it to be ‘work’ or ‘make-work’? Perhaps it will be ‘housework’ for some of the ladies who are forever complaining that keeping their own homes clean and themselves fed and watered is so onerous. Relief too for husbands from the cacophony of nagging and perhaps an opportunity for those wives to go to their husband’s workplace to give him a hand for a change.

    Or can we look forward to reading of a Magistrate somewhere being in the news for assigning a miscreant to do unpaid work in the Magistrate’s own garden? An awful lot of weeding and turning of soil can be done in 180 hours. They can take the dog with them.

    • October 6, 2019 at 7:07 am

      I suspect it costs more to arrange and assure this ‘work’ than the amount nominally attached to it. Why not simply put a lien on any future earnings instead?

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