THE OWNER of a Bull Terrier that savaged a teenage boy so badly that shocked onlookers said the youngster looked like he'd been ‘attacked by a shark’ was jailed last week.
At Coventry Crown Court Atif Khan, of Dorset Road, Radford, Coventry, was jailed for 16 weeks for not controlling the dog properly.
Khan pleaded guilty to being in control of a dog that caused injury, in contravention of Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, and was ordered to pay £3,000 compensation to the young victim.
Ian Ball, prosecuting, said the 13-year-old was playing football with pals in Cash's Park, Foleshill, when was set upon by the dog on May 7, 2005.
Khan had turned up at the park with the dog and let him off the lead to run.
The dog immediately ran over, snarling, to the boys, who cycled off, and the dog approached another set of youngsters, before being put on a lead by Khan.
But the 13-year-old was just yards from his nearby home when he and his friends realised the dog was behind them again, and he tried to get into his house.
Unable to turn the key in the lock of the front door because he was so scared, the petrified teenager tried to hide behind parked cars.
But the dog clamped his powerful jaws into the boy's lower right leg, ripping into his skin, in front of shocked onlookers, and refused to let go.
Mr Ball said: ‘Neighbours tried and failed to get the dog off the boy. Mr Khan eventually arrived and managed to pull the dog off the boy, put it in the boot of the red VW Golf, and drive away.
‘One neighbour who assisted the boy said the injuries were so severe she shielded his eyes, and another person said they looked like he had been attacked by a shark.’
When originally approached by police, Khan told officers that he had been walking a dog but that it had been another dog that had attacked the boy.
The court heard Khan's previous convictions included wounding, in August 2003, when he served 10 months in prison, as well as intimidating witnesses in August 2003. The dog has never been found.
Shenaz Muzaffer, defending, said Khan, aged 25, ‘deeply regretted’ what had happened and was prepared to pay significant compensation for the injuries caused.
She said Khan, a clothing company delivery driver, had since married and his wife, who lives in Kashmir, between India and Pakistan, was soon to come and live in the UK.
Judge Christopher Hodson, prosecuting, said were the dog to be located, it would be destroyed, because it posed an ‘obvious risk to humans’.
He said he had no option but to imprison Khan, owing to the nature of the offence.