Hereford & Worcester

Leominster dog attack brothers get suspended sentences

Bridge Street Leominster cordoned off by police
Image caption Police cordoned off Bridge Street in Leominster, where the attack happened

Two brothers have been given suspended jail sentences after a woman was attacked and bitten more than 60 times by their two dogs.

Teresa Stinton was attacked in Leominster, Herefordshire, in June.

Kenneth Stutchberry, 27, and his brother Andrew, 22, pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dog which caused injury [and] which was dangerously out of control.

Both were banned from keeping dogs for life at Hereford Crown Court.

In a statement read to the court, Miss Stinton said she "thought she was going to die...and never see my children again".

She has had five operations since the attack and has ongoing nerve and tendon damage to both legs and her right arm.

'Blood everywhere'

Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC sentenced Kenneth Stutchberry, of Gwynne St, Hereford, to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years, and Andrew, of Bridge St, Leominster, to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Their mother, Davina, 51, of Bridge St, Leominster, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog which caused injury [and] which was dangerously out of control.

She was given a conditional discharge and also banned from keeping dogs for life.

After the attack, Ms Stinton was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by air ambulance.

One of the dogs, an American red nose pit bull cross, died shortly after the attack.

The judge ordered the other, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross, to be destroyed.

Robert Hirshman, who witnessed the attack, told the court there was "blood everywhere".

The court heard police had given the brothers warnings about dogs in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

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