Rothwell started to drive off before the victim’s father stood in front of the semi-convertible Citreon to prevent her from leaving the scene.Oh, perish the thought!
Jamieson Plummer, in mitigation, said Rothwell insists she was simply moving to a more appropriate parking space and not attempting to flee the scene.Well, yes. Of course he does.
Mr Plummer described the incident as “quite quirky” .
He said: “My client had parked very closely to the complainant’s car so she had to squeeze through the gap to get to her car and in doing that the complainant came very close to the open window.
“The dog, hearing the noise of her coming and, it seems, thinking she was going to get into the car, put its snout out of the car and bit her.”
Mr Plummer described the incident as “relatively minor” when in contrast to many cases in breach of the Dangerous Dogs Act and said that the dog was being “territorial” .
He added: “The dog has never shown any sign of biting anyone before.”That doesn’t sound ‘quirky’ to me. It sounds dangerous!
Rothwell was ordered to pay a £100 fine and £100 costs and told the dog must be muzzled when in a public place and when in a vehicle in a public place.She got off lightly.