Leeds & West Yorkshire

David Ellam death: Man in court over fatal dog attack

David Ellam Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption David Ellam was attacked while protecting his own dog, Rolo, and died later in hospital

A man charged after his dog fatally injured a neighbour has appeared in court.

David Ellam, 52, suffered multiple injuries near his home on Riddings Road, Sheepridge, Huddersfield, in August and died later in hospital.

Aaron Joseph, 29, was charged with owning a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death.

He appeared at Kirklees Magistrates' Court earlier and is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 30 March.

The dog involved had been returned to its owner several days prior to the attack after it was seized as a suspected banned pit bull breed.

It was destroyed in late 2016 after vets found it was suffering from a terminal illness, West Yorkshire Police said.

Image caption Mr Ellam's terrier, Rolo, needed emergency veterinary treatment after the attack

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