Dog owner convicted of trying to bribe a man who was bitten by his pet

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Nicholas Prior admitted attempting sexual communications with a child at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk dog owner accused of threatening and trying to bribe a man who was bitten by his dog in a bid to get him to drop the charges against him has been convicted by a jury.

Before Ipswich Crown Court was Ollie Deeks, 25, of Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds, who had denied intimidation and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard Michael Harrison, 32, was at his bedsit in Haverhill in April last year when he was bitten on the wrist by Deeks’ dog. He underwent surgery and spent several weeks in hospital.

He reported the matter to the police on May 3 last year and two days later Deeks tried to “buy his silence” by offering him money in a text message.

He had also made a threatening call to Mr Harrison about what would happen to him if he did not drop the charges.


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Giving evidence Deeks denied trying to buy Mr Harrison’s silence and denied threatening him in a telephone call.

Sentence was adjourned until the week commencing March 12.

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