Man jailed for ten years for fatal dog attack

|News, Violent crime

The owner of a dog which killed a man has been jailed for ten years and disqualified from owning a dog for life.

Aaron Joseph, 30, was sentenced on 13 February, at Leeds Crown Court, after being found guilty the previous day of having a dog which caused injury resulting in death whilst dangerously out of control.

In August 2016, Joseph’s five-year-old Staffordshire-cross breed dog escaped from its kennel and viciously attacked David Ellam, a 52-year-old former lollipop man, outside his home in Riddings Road, Huddersfield.

Mr Ellam was walking his own dog at the time and received fatal injuries whilst attempting to defend his own pet from the attack.

The court heard during his trial that Joseph failed to muzzle his dog and keep it on a lead despite being ordered by a court to do so.

Richard Walters of the CPS said: "This was an appalling case in which a man lost his life in the most shocking way in a horrific, brutal and sustained dog attack.

"The CPS were able to present evidence to the court to show that Joseph had failed to comply with a previous control order, which stated that the dog must be muzzled, kept on a lead, insured, neutered and micro-chipped.

"In addition he chose to place a dog which he knew to have a history of attacking neighbours in a pen in the communal garden of the flats where he lived.

“Aaron Joseph's failure to comply with the control order together with his failure to take adequate steps to secure his dog led directly the tragic death of Mr Ellam.

“The gravity of this crime is reflected in the severity of the sentence imposed today. I hope this is of some comfort to Mr Ellam’s family and friends, as well as the local community, of which he was a well-known and much-loved member."

Notes to editors

  • Aaron Joseph (dob 01/03/1987) was convicted of being the owner of a dog which caused injury resulting in death while dangerously out of control in a public place
  • Richard Walters is a Crown Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.


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