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Woman convicted following two dog attacks

Date: 14 May 2024

City Hall in Belfast

A Belfast woman has been sentenced at Belfast Magistrates Court (Tuesday 14 May 2024) following her conviction for two offences involving a dog attacking a person.

Belfast City Council took the prosecution against Lindsay Gorman (age 47) of Downhill Avenue, Belfast.

The prosecution was taken after reports that Ms Gorman’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog had attacked and injured a three year old boy, injuring his arm, at Drumart Square, Belfast on 30 August 2022.

And that the same dog had attacked and injured a man, injuring his left calf, also at Drumart Square, Belfast on 10 December 2022.

Ms Gorman was convicted of two counts under Article 29(2) of The Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 following the attacks. On both occasions the dog had been left secured but unattended outside commercial premises.

Ms Gorman was sentenced to 4 months custody, suspended for 12 months for each offence and ordered to pay compensation orders totalling £300 with a further £176 legal and court costs.

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