The unemployed builder, from Enfield, North London, was eventually arrested in February after his own mother shopped him to police after recognising him fleeing the scene in seafront CCTV footage posted on video site YouTube.
Diedrick appeared in the dock at Basildon Crown Court today wearing a black suit and tie with a suitcase packed in anticipation of an extended stay in jail.Yes, it’s this case.
And for once, that suitcase wasn’t a wasted effort. He got 16 months and a ten year ban from dog ownership.
Judge Owen Davies QC said: 'The fact that the boy did not drown or was not mauled to a greater extent was down to the heroic and selfless actions of his grandmother.
'You allowed your dogs to roam without muzzles on a public beach. The behaviour you displayed after the event shows a callous disregard for the welfare of the victim.
'You left the scene and made yourself scarce. It was only thanks to the vigilance of others on YouTube that you were traced.
'You had every interest in escaping without being brought to account. Any remorse you have shown is merely for your own fate.'And are the parents relieved? Are they campaigning to for answers to the obvious questions, such as how can an unemployed builder have the wherewithal to buy, own and feed two powerful pedigree dogs?
No, of course not:
After sentencing the family of the boy said: 'We can never say enough how grateful we are that we still have our grandson and that he seems to be recovering well despite his injuries.
'We are pleased with today’s sentence and feel it was completely irresponsible of the defendant to take two large dogs onto a beach without being able to control them on leads.
'All dogs of that stature and aggressive nature should be on a short lead with a muzzle when out in a public place.
'If people want to own dogs like that they must understand the responsibility they have to others’ safety.'*sigh* Despite the fact that muzzles aren’t always effective, and nor are leashes, we are once again embarking on a campaign to punish all Rottweiler owners because of one irresponsible one.
And we know the public sector will be ever so welcoming of this, won’t they?