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Man set his staffie on bash victim

AN IPSWICH man set his dog on another man in a prolonged attack after going to the victim's workplace to buy cheap tyres.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Stuart Peter Smith, 42, and the victim had been co-jointly charged with an offence and, as part of their bail conditions, weren't allowed contact with each other.

Smith needed to pick up car parts from the victim's business so called a number of times to make sure he wasn't there.

When Smith arrived, the victim approached him and Smith unleashed a "prolonged and violent attack". Smith brought his three-year-old staffie-cross along and set the dog upon the victim.

Smith lunged at the man, punching him before trying to push the victim's head into the dog's jaws.

The victim was taken by ambulance to hospital and was treated for multiple cuts, a cracked rib and a dog bite to his right leg.

Magistrate Michael Quinn said the attack was made worse because it happened in a workplace - and a dog was used in the attack.

"It was a prolonged assault - even when the victim was helpless on the ground you continued to assault him," Mr Quinn said.

"The assault was serious in any view but to use a dog to bite the victim - the injuries could have been far worse."

Defence lawyer Justin Thomas said the victim had left multiple messages on Smith's phone in January, threatening to end his life by slitting him from the rear end to the throat.

The court was told the pair hadn't had a good relationship leading up to the assault, but Smith noted his behaviour was "appalling".

Smith was also caught with 5g of cannabis and some scissors used to "chop" the drug when pulled over on April 30. Since then, he has spent 79 days in custody.

Smith pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, possessing dangerous drugs and things, and breaching bail.

He was sentenced to six months prison, wholly suspended for 12 months, and fined $300.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm staffordshire terrier


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