Tyne & Wear

Dog 'bit off part of delivery driver's nose'

A delivery driver told a court how a dog jumped up and bit off part of his nose as he handed over a package at a house in County Durham.

Stephen McQuiggin, 54, told Durham Crown Court he was attacked by the Great Dane in September last year.

He said he had undergone four operations to rebuild his face.

Carol Crawford, 47, of Flodden Close, Chester-le-Street, denies being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control.

Mr McQuiggin told the court he could hear two dogs barking when he approached the defendant's home.

'Excruciating pain'

He said she reassured him saying "don't be silly, they only want to say hello".

He said a wheelie bin and a large van blocked the driveway from the footpath, and that he gently threw the parcel to her feet.

Mr McQuiggin said he told her she did not need to sign for the parcel, but she wanted to sign for it, and after he handed her his electronic device, one of the dogs jumped up.

He said: "It happened so quickly, all I remember is the excruciating pain when I was bitten.

"The force of it pushed me back."

Mrs Crawford's husband took him to hospital and Mr McQuiggin claimed he stopped at a cashpoint on the way back and gave him £200.

He told the court he had "begged" him not to go to the police, saying he did not want the dog to be destroyed.

'Scratched nose'

Mr McQuiggin said he later gave the money to the police.

He told the court: "I am stunned that the dog is still alive in view of the horrendous damage it has done."

Tony Davis, defending, questioned the severity of his injuries, saying the damage was not obvious.

The defence claims the dog may have scratched his nose with her paw and that the cut happened on their property and not on the footpath.

Mr McQuiggin said: "I have always been pleased with the features on my face. Having lost the end of my nose - that's horrific."

The case was adjourned until Thursday.

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