Out of control bulldog took a bite out of delivery man’s arm

A couple whose dog took a bite out of a delivery man's arm could be destroyed, a court heard today.

John Moran brought a package to Geoffrey Thompson and Simone Williams' home in Queens Road, Bootle.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he was attacked by their American bulldog Cesar, who sunk his teeth into the victim, on June 2 last year.

Thompson, 53, and Williams, 49, were arrested but denied being owners of a dog that caused injury while dangerously out of control.

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They were set to stand trial this week, but due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts, the trial was adjourned.

The pair instead appeared at the court today for a further case management hearing when defence lawyers asked for them to be rearraigned.

Thompson, with short grey hair, and wearing a white striped shirt and tie and black tracksuit bottoms, and Williams, with blonde hair in a ponytail and wearing a white shirt and black trousers, were allowed to sit outside of the dock because of coronarius measures.

The couple, who are both of previous good character, then pleaded guilty to the offence.

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Des Lennon, defending Williams, and Stella Hayden, defending Thompson, both requested pre-sentence reports on behalf of their clients.

Mr Lennon said: "One matter to be considered is the future of the dog Cesar."

The court heard two experts had made reports in which they disagreed about the dog, who could be rehomed with a cousin of the defendants.

Simone Williams, 49, and Geoffrey Thompson, 53, both of Queens Road, Bootle, outside Liverpool Crown Court

Mr Lennon said: "The position is this, an address has been identified which may be suitable to rehome the dog and clearly one or maybe both of the experts may need to visit the address to see if it's suitable."

Sarah Griffin, prosecuting, said: "The presumption is that a destruction order may follow. The prosecution in this case take a completely neutral position as to whether the dog should be destroyed."

Ms Griffin said the prosecution expert would want to make an assessment, adding: "The proposal is an expert would attend at the property to check there was a secure area at that property."

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Judge Anil Murray agreed to adjourn sentencing until November 18 so the Probation Service could interview the two defendants for pre-sentence reports and remanded them both on bail.

Williams said: "What does sentence mean?"

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Judge Murray replied: "What does sentence mean? You are to be punished for the offence that you have pleaded guilty to, that is what sentence means, and there are all different kinds of sentence, including imprisonment, suspended sentences, community orders.

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"The judge, whoever it is, will consider the appropriate sentence on the 18th of November. Does that explain it to you? Is that clear?"

Williams replied: "Yeah, thanks."

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