Oh well, if it stops them thieving…
Spud, a five-year-old Rottweiler, pounced on 35-year-old career burglar Carl Lazenby as he was hiding in a garden.Only nearly? Send Spud for retraining, or perhaps some emergency dental work!
Sheffield Crown Court heard that Lazenby later complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after nearly losing his arm.
Lazenby’s barrister Peter Hampton said he had lost three tendons in his fingers and would never have the use of his right hand again.I’m sure it won’t prevent him from filling in disability benefit forms…
Lazenby, of Fairleigh, Manor, admitted burglary and an attempted burglary in August.The incident did give his defence a rather unusual opportunity to plead for leniency, though:
His criminal career began at the age of 13. He has been convicted of 13 house burglaries and asked for another 17 to be considered over the years.
He was released from his latest jail term in April this year, but his licence was revoked in August after his latest arrest.
Mr Hampton said his mitigation for Lazenby was “unusual and exceptional” after justice had already been “meted out” by Spud.Sadly, this being England, it’s not left up to the dog to pass sentence, more’s the pity…
Judge Alan Goldsack, the Recorder of Sheffield, said he would bear the injuries in mind when passing sentence, along with his benefits being withdrawn and his efforts to get off drugs.Believe it or not, the IPCC is actually taking his complaint of ‘excessive force’ seriously.
But the judge told Lazenby: “None of these factors can excuse this further serious offending by you.”