Jennifer Redgrave-Scott, 53, was charged under dangerous dog laws after her Labrador Shar Pei cross savaged PC Simon Banks as he was leaving the rural property following a call from her estranged stepson.Whoops!
At Stockport Magistrates' Court Mrs Redgrave-Scott, a mother of seven, wept as she admitted have a dog dangerously out of control and was ordered to pay damages and serve a 12-month community order.No jail. Of course!
The court heard the incident arose out of a long running dispute between Mrs Redgrave-Scott and her stepson Adam after she married his widowed father Richard Scott, now 81 in 2015 following a 23 year courtship.
It was claimed Adam, 55, - who lives at a luxury farmhouse on the complex - had feared he would lose out on inheriting his father's farm Moat Hall as a result and reported his stepmother to police on various occasions.Oo-er! It's all getting a bit 'Midsomer Murders'...
Mrs Redgrave-Scott had herself previously signed a 'no biting' behavioural contract (Ed: One supposes it's for the dog..?) after the dog jumped up at guests staying at her B&B on the farm in the tiny village of Marthall, near Knutsford, Cheshire.
The 10-year old animal has since been destroyed.Who'd go to a guest house where there's a dangerous mutt chained in the yard?!?
In mitigation defence lawyer Angelo Saponiere said: 'My client hasn't slept and has had to maintain her employment and caring for her husband full time, whilst looking after a family. She runs a B&B with her eldest son and has seven children with her husband, who is 81 - but she has had a lot of trouble from her stepson Adam.
'On that day in question he called the police because work was being done on the farm that he wasn't happy about. He has taken them to the social services, to the courts of protection, he has got the police, involved on a number of occasions.
'It is my thinking that he wants some part of the inheritance. He lives across the road from the family and is constantly calling the police trying to report them. She came back from walking the dog, chained him up and saw the police.
In her own words they 'frogmarched' her into the living room, so she got distracted and couldn't go back to the dog and put his muzzle on.
'She was distracted by the police officers and did not have time to put the muzzle on.'You deserve an Oscar!
'She works hard to look after her family and it would be pointless to see her put in prison, especially as she provides so much for her family and the community.'What, exactly, does she provide? Apart from a hell of a lot of work for the local shyster?