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Smirking lout escapes jail over killer dog

PUBLISHED: 12:08 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

BANNED: Kieran Humphreys is not allowed to own a dog for five years for his part in the death of sausage dog Evie.

BANNED: Kieran Humphreys is not allowed to own a dog for five years for his part in the death of sausage dog Evie.

A MAN who egged on a killer Staffordshire Bull Terrier to eat a sausage dog in a park has been spared jail. Drunk Kieran Humphreys, 25, of Ambrock Road, Belvedere, told his mother s dog Bullseye to eat the sausage before it savagely attacked and kill

A MAN who egged on a killer Staffordshire Bull Terrier to 'eat' a sausage dog in a park has been spared jail.

Drunk Kieran Humphreys, 25, of Ambrock Road, Belvedere, told his mother's dog Bullseye to "eat the sausage" before it savagely attacked and killed 73-year-old Maureen Flint's beloved pet Evie, a court heard.

When police were called to the scene in Central Park, Dartford on December 7, 2008, Humphreys resisted arrest and the dog bit PC Colin Bassett, drawing blood.

Mrs Flint told the court that Humphreys and his dog surrounded her and her two sausage dogs, adding: "He started to pick his leg up as if he was going to kick my dogs. I said you better not.

"He came towards me and I pushed him away at which point he fell over.

"He got up and he started to shout to the dog Bullseye 'eat the sausage, eat the sausage'. I am haunted by the memory of the violent death of my dog Evie. It makes me wretched and sad I was unable to save her life."

But, Dartford Magistrates decided not to destroy the dog at a hearing last Wednesday and handed Humphreys a suspended six month jail sentence, despite his previous conviction of robbery last year.

Humphreys was ordered to undergo six months supervision and attend an education and training programme and was also banned from owning a dog for five years, ordered to pay £100 in court costs and £500 in compensation to Mrs Flint.

Bullseye, who has been kept in kennels since the incident, is to be returned to Humphrey's mother who must have

him neutered, muzzled and kept on

a lead in public at all times or he will

be destroyed.


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