Sussex

Killer-dog owner Urfan Ahmed fined for breaching ban

Zumer Ahmed
Image caption Zumer Ahmed died after being attacked by a dog at her home in Crawley

A West Sussex man who was banned from keeping dogs after one of his pets mauled his niece to death has been fined for breaching the court order.

Urfan Ahmed, 33, admitted the charge at Haywards Heath Magistrates' Court, and was fined £500 after police found five dogs at his Crawley address.

He had been banned in July 2010 for a breach of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

That conviction followed the death of his niece, Zumer Ahmed, who was mauled by another of his dogs in April 2010.

'Good reason'

Zumer, who was 18 months old, was attacked by Ahmed's American bulldog.

The dog was not a banned breed, but Ahmed was later prosecuted for having another animal designated as bred for fighting - a charge he admitted.

Following the breach of the banning order, Ahmed was fined £500 plus £250 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Ch Insp Steve Curry, commander of the Crawley district, said: "Sussex police takes breaches of court orders very seriously.

"These orders are put in place for a good reason and people who breach them should expect to be brought to justice."

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