Man jailed after attacking man over dog ownership - Caddington

11/05/2016

A man, who beat his victim with a wheel brace in a row over who owned a Staffordshire Bull terrier called 'Chaos,' has today, Wednesday, 11 May 2016, been jailed for 5 years.

Craig Hatto, aged 28, launched the attack on the victim, who had snatched the dog from his home in Arlesey.

The 22-year-old victim told Luton Crown Court Hatto had been hiding in a bush in Luton Road, Caddington waiting to attack him. He said: "He hit me roughly ten times. He hit me all over. I felt something pop inside me. I thought I was going to die. I got up and ran for my life."

The victim said he ended up on the bonnet of a car, before running to a friend's house. When he got no reply, he said he jumped over the garden and into an old people's home. Asked what Hatto was doing, he said: "He was screaming abuse - raging. It was about a dog - my dog and my mum's dog, Chaos." He said Hatto, who was with another man, drove off in a red Polo after telling him: "I will be back for the dog."

Te victim said he went to his home in Hyde Road and his mother drove him to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where he was treated for three to four days.

Hatto, of Carters Walk, Arlesey denied causing the victim grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent at around 6pm on 29 June last year and possessing an offensive weapon, a wheel brace, on the same day. However, he was found guilty of both offences by a jury of 6 men and 6 women.

Prosecutor Max Hardy said that the victim and Hatto had been 'kind of step-brothers.' The victims's mother and Hatto's father had been in a relationship that ended earlier in 2015. On the day of the attack, the police had received a call from Carters Walk in Arlesey to say that Chaos had been taken. ANPR images put the red VW Polo, Mr Hatto's girlfriend's car, on the westbound A505 at 5.31pm. The car was seen on the eastbound carriageway at 6.35pm.

Under cross-examination by David Smithet, defending, the victim admitted he had been to Arlesey and taken the dog. "I didn't need to ask to take my dog. He has been at my house since he was a pup and he got stolen from my house."

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