Palmer had become involved in an argument with Simon Whittall and Stephen Littlewood on Froghall Lane around 1pm that suddenly became violent.And Palmer clearly wasn’t about to let a mere dog do a thug’s job:
The court heard how witnesses saw the defendant release bulldog ‘Dougie’ which attacked Mr Littlewood, biting him.
He managed to escape without serious injury, but the horror continued as the dog attacked Mr Whittall.
Prosecuting, Meirion Lewis-Jones said: “He was subjected to a long and vicious attack and Mr Whittall was not in a position to defend himself.”
The court heard how he suffered bites on his arms, legs, torso and groin.
Palmer also repeatedly hit him with the dog chain and stamped on his head. The attack only finished when two women shouted for the defendant to stop.Just another night out in Liverpool…
Mr Whittall, aged 39, later died on September 9 after suffering a bleed to his brain, but Judge John Roberts said medical evidence did not prove that Palmer’s attack had caused his death.It probably didn’t help, did it?
The defendant, who boasted about the incident on Facebook and appearing in the Warrington Guardian, pleaded guilty to one count of grevous bodily harm, two counts of assault and of owning the dog which was out of control.Lovely, don’t you agree?
Since being on bail he was seen by police with another bulldog in the town centre.
The court heard how he told officers to stay away from the animal because it had been trained to attack policemen.
Not a first offence either, I take it?
Palmer also has a previous conviction for assault, after another town centre incident during which he spat in another man’s face.Andf the penalty for this?
He has other previous convictions for affray, criminal damage and cultivating and possessing cannabis.
Ooh, hold onto your socks, it’s a good one!
Judge Roberts sentenced Palmer to three and a half years for GBH, 11 months for ABH and 14 months for owning a dangerous dog which was out of control in a public place.Told you!
The sentences will run concurrently. He will be eligible for release in 18 months.
Still, at least the dog’s a goner, surely?
The dog was given a contingent destruction order, meaning it will be destroyed if it attacks again.WTF?
It must remain muzzled in public places and Palmer was also banned from keeping dogs.
Judge Roberts said: “You deliberately let your dog off the lead. Anyone who has seen the photographs can only feel horror at the extent of these injuries.Oh. Really? Did you not watch any of the news last year?
“However, the dog is not a danger to public safety.”
Or is it OK, if it just mauls the friends or family of the scumbag who formerly owned it, and not a member of the public?