"I had been told it was a cut and dry case. But it was so sad - I could not believe what was happening.
"It is like the victim becomes the accuser. I was shocked - I did not think I could lose the case. How can I be wrong?"Because our justice system is broken, magistrates couldn’t care less that a known vicious dog is now free to wander local parks they’d never dream of going in themselves, and the police couldn’t care less about this, so long as their ‘resources’ aren’t touched:
Sergeant Peter Madden, who leads the Met's Status Dogs Unit, said police in London had seen a 20 per cent rise in the number of dangerous dogs seized in the capital last year. He said he expected his unit to spend all of its two million pound budget assigned by Scotland Yard this year.
Commenting on Mr Cumberbatch's case, he said: "If a dog attacks another dog in a park, then the Dangerous Dogs Act would not be relevant legislation.
"The court can order than the dog be put under better control. They can order for the dog to be destroyed.
"But with any court process, there are two sides to the story."A man’s beloved pet is killed, the dog that did it is free (to do it again), no-one’s been held to account for it and you seem utterly blasé about that state of affairs?