Tunstall: Man accused of having dangerously out of control dog gave false name to alleged victim, court hears
PUBLISHED: 15:30 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:30 16 April 2014
The owner of a dog which bit a cyclist in Tunstall Forest was traced on Facebook after he allegedly gave the injured man a false name, a court has heard.
Neal Watson and his friend James Gray were a few minutes into their bike ride when a Weimaraner owned by Andrew Davey ran over and allegedly bit Mr Watson on the leg causing two puncture wounds, Ipswich Crown Court was told.
Following the incident Mr Watson and Mr Gray approached Davey and asked for his name and contact details and were allegedly told his name was Andy Davies, said Matthew Sorel-Cameron, prosecuting.
The owner of the dog had also given the men a mobile telephone number but when they tried to ring it as they drove away from the forest they realised it was a wrong number.
Mr Gray had eventually traced Davey through Facebook and passed the information to Mr Watson who contacted the police, said Mr Sorel-Cameron.
Davey, 44, of Dallinghoo Road, Wickham Market has denied being the owner of a dangerously out of control dog in Tunstall Forst on September 1 last year.
Mr Watson told the court that he and Mr Gray had been riding along a bike trail when he saw a dog running around ahead of him without a collar or lead.
Mr Watson slowed down to a walking pace and seeing the dog with its owner on the right hand side of the bike trail he had veered off the bike trial to the left to give them a wide berth.
He said the dog, which hadn’t been barking or growling, had then run over to him and bit him on the leg before running back to its owner.
“I was in complete shock that I had a hole in my leg. I couldn’t believe what had happened,” said Mr Watson.
He said he didn’t see a collar or lead on either of the two dogs with Davey.
He said that when he told Davey he had been bitten by his dog Davey said “Well you might have spooked him.”
Mr Watson told the court he had his wound cleaned at hospital and was given antibiotics.
He denied a suggestion from defence counsel Stephen Spence that the dog had snapped at him after being “clipped” by him.
The trial continues today (Wed).