Tyne & Wear

Nose attack great Dane owner cleared

The owner of a great Dane which injured a delivery driver's nose has been found not guilty of allowing it to be dangerously out of control.

Stephen McQuiggin needed operations to rebuild his face after the attack in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

Carol Crawford, of Flodden Close, said it happened when Mr McQuiggin was on a neighbour's drive, not the footpath.

For her to be guilty it had to be in a public place, and she was cleared by the jury at Durham Crown Court.

The 47-year-old never disputed that Mr McQuiggin had been injured, but said it could have been caused by the dog's paw on jumping up.


Earlier in the hearing she wept as she told the court how police told her the beloved pet would be taken away and destroyed following the incident in September 2010.

She will now be reunited with the animal, which had been placed with the Great Dane Adoption Society in Lincolnshire.

Speaking outside court, solicitor Ian Wilson said his client was "delighted" with the result.

"All the way through Carol has not denied there has been an injury caused," he said.

"The dispute was whether or not the dog was in its own property or not.

"Obviously, in coming to their decision, the jury has concluded what Carol has been saying was the truth."

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