Mr Gordon told the court the defendant was apologetic, saying: "I'll really have to get rid of that f***ing dog now."You should have been forced to do so long before, if only our justice system used its teeth as well as your mutt...
Mr Harper - who had entered a guilty plea at Bristol Magistrates' Court - was handed a four-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and 60 hours of unpaid work. He must also adhere to a three-month curfew and remain inside between 6pm and 2am.Is that all?
Sadly the fate of Archie was much more grave, as he was put down following the attack.What the hell is 'sad' about that?
Defending Mr Harper, Clare Fear said: "Following the last conviction changes were made. They have failed but he did make those attempts. He put up [beware of the dog] signs, he tried to fix the gate.
"The muzzle affected the dog's breathing so he didn't take it out much, especially in the summer months.
She added: "Archie the dog has been put down, which has caused the defendant some degree of distress in itself."Not as much as the hairline fracture, chipped bone in his forearm, puncture wounds and bruising caused the real victim...
Judge Patrick did not go to the length of banning Mr Harper from owning a dog, adding: "I am quite satisfied that you will not offend again."Why? On what possible basis do you assume this?
He's already done it more than once, and why won't he just go out and buy another four legged weapon?