Tuesday 16 January 2018

Judge swears and storms out of court in dangerous dog case

Hugh Macknight in Carlisle

A JUDGE swore and stormed out of court yesterday when she was convicted of failing to control her dangerous dog.

Judge Beatrice Bolton, of Rothbury, Northumberland, strode out when the verdict was announced, branding the decision "a f****** travesty".

Ms Bolton (57) was found guilty by a judge at Carlisle Magistrates Court of allowing her pet German Shepherd to bite 20-year-old Frederick Becker, her neighbour.

Ms Bolton was heard yelling: "I'll never set foot in a court again," from outside the courtroom.

Ms Bolton was fined £2,500 (€2,900) and ordered to pay £275 (€325) compensation to the victim, plus £930 (€1,100) court costs and a £15 (€17) surcharge.

"We take the view that this is a case which does justify a financial penalty," the district court judge said.

"Mr Becker was not only put in fear but was actually injured by the dog in question."

Ms Bolton, who was asked by the court usher during the two-day trial to stop chewing gum, had denied a single charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

She was labelled "the neighbour from hell" by Mr Becker's parents David and Anne Malia.

Ms Bolton said she would appeal against the conviction.

Irish Independent

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