A man has been ordered to pay £500 in compensation to a nine-year-old boy after a dog he was walking bit the youngster.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim was visiting another family for an Eid holiday and he and a cousin went to play in a park area off Brewery Lane.

About half an hour later they returned to the house saying the boy had been bitten on his bottom by the dog, which was being walked by Huzaifah Patel.

A witness said he saw a number of children playing together and they began to run away when the dog came towards them, it then grabbed the youngster around his buttock area.

He also saw a male chasing the dog, which had a collar on but no lead. He jumped on the dog’s back causing it to let go of the boy who was taken to hospital and found to have two deep puncture marks on his buttock which were treated.

Patel claimed he had the dog on a lead while walking it for his girlfriend’ mother, but that was rejected by a magistrate at an earlier hearing.

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

Anastasis Tassou representing Patel said he had done all he could to make good after the incident, driving the boy and his family to hospital.

He suffered from Crohn’s disease which flared up on occasions making some work difficult for him but he was now starting up his own business.

Patel, 20 of Parker Road, Thornhill Lees, admitted being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control on July 19 this year and was given a 12 month community order with 50 hours unpaid work, £500 compensation and £400 costs.

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The court heard the offence placed him in breach of a suspended sentenced imposed at the Crown Court in May for an assault but Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said he would be unjust to invoke that for a very different type of offence.

He accepted the incident happened quickly and was wholly unplanned but said “the dog should not have been off the lead.”