A POSTMAN who was viciously attacked by a dog at a house he was delivering letters to has been awarded €55,000 by the High Court.
Joseph Dunne was delivering letters to a mail box outside a house in Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, when he was knocked over and bitten on his face.
Mr Justice Michael Moriarty said Mr Dunne had returned to work at a commendably early stage after a particularly frightening incident.
The dog, which the judge described as a white husky type, was put down the day after the attack.
Mr Dunne received extensive lacerations on the right side of his face and needed 22 stitches.
A nerve was damaged and he had scarring and had to attend a plastic surgeon after the attack.
Mr Dunne (63), of St Mary's Avenue, Kilbeggan, had sued the owners of the house, Olive Dalton and Martin Maher of Dublin Road, Kilbeggan, as a result of the incident.
It was claimed that on October 8, 2008, while Mr Dunne was delivering to a mail box outside the gate of the house, he was suddenly attacked, knocked to the ground and viciously bitten and scratched by the dog.
It was claimed Ms Dalton and Mr Maher were negligent in permitting the dog to escape through a hedge on to the road outside their front gate and failed to properly fence their property.
It was also claimed Ms Dalton and Mr Maher failed to warn the postman of the dangers of attempting to deliver post at their property.
The court had previously heard that Mr Dunne was rescued from the attack by two passers-by, one of whom struck the dog on the back with a stick.