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Judge orders dog to be put down after two attacks

By Nevin Farrell

A Rottweiler called Rocky has been ordered destroyed by a judge after sinking his teeth into a man walking into a filling station and then attacking a police officer on a later date, a court has heard.

The dog, owned by Stacey Barr (31), of Agherton Drive, Portstewart, attacked the man at the Larkhill forecourt in the town last March, and then leapt on a policeman in July.

Philip Kingston, a prosecuting solicitor for Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, told Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday Barr was holding the Rottweiler by a chain in the garage forecourt and when a man walked past it jumped up and bit him on the arm and elbow.

Barr asked him if he was OK, but the man's coat was ripped and blood was coming from his arm.

In July the officer who was attacked was at Barr's home to serve a warrant.

Although the defendant had a hold of the animal, it bit the policeman on the chest and arm with such force it knocked him backwards.

Barr was not present in court but District Judge Liam McNally found him guilty on the basis of the tendered evidence.

He also granted a destruction order for the dog.

Barr was fined a total of £600 and ordered to pay compensation of £150 to each of the dog's victims.

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