Postman John Grainger, 62, needed reconstructive surgery on his face after Joseph Bower's Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bruno, attacked him in Chelmsford city centre, in August last year.
Bowers, 49, of Chelmsford, was given a nine month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and banned indefinitely from owning a dog.
But on Thursday, Chelmsford Magistrates' Court was told Bowers was seen on CCTV walking a dog near the undercover market in the city on April 10.*sigh* Hands up! Who’s surprised?
The CCTV operator alerted the police but, when an officer approached Bowers, he lied and said it must have been his "identical twin brother" who had been holding the dog.It seemed he didn’t expect that one to hold water so has pleaded guilty. It’s now all in the mitigation:
In mitigation, Bower's counsel Paul Donnegan told the magistrates that his client had only been in custody of the animal for a short period of time.
He said: "This is about seven seconds he had custody of the dog. He is with another who has custody of the dog and the dog is unleashed, free at the side of the road where you cross to the market.
"Bowers picks up the dog's leash to stop him running out into the road and walks him across the road. It's as simple as that."If it’s ‘as simple as that’ why did he try an imaginative twist on the SODDI defence when first questioned?
Bowers has been bailed until July 19 and will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing.I’ll be watching this one…