Dog-bite man to pay £1,100 compensation

PUBLISHED: 09:40 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

A MAN has been ordered to pay £1,100 compensation after the dog he was walking bit a girl on the leg. Rychard Scrase-Field, 34, of Birchanger Lane, Bishop s Stortford, was also fined £100 and will pay £95 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. He was sentenced

A MAN has been ordered to pay £1,100 compensation after the dog he was walking bit a girl on the leg.

Rychard Scrase-Field, 34, of Birchanger Lane, Bishop's Stortford, was also fined £100 and will pay £95 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He was sentenced at Cambridge Magistrates' Court last week after admitting to being in charge of the Doberman dog when it was dangerously out of control in Boot Lane, Barrington, on August 3 last year.

The four-year-dog called Luca, which has since been destroyed, bit 14-year-old Amelia Farmer, leaving her with a one-centimetre deep puncture wound on her thigh.

She also had several smaller injuries, and it was feared she would need a skin graft.

After the incident, Amelia wrote in a statement: "I was shocked and panicked.

"I said I was okay, and started to run. There was a lot of blood, it freaked me out.

"My leg hurt like hell. I had a few nightmares. I kept seeing the dog's eyes."

At a hearing at Ely court house in November last year, Scrase-Field's representative Alan Taylor, said his client had stood to the side as the teenage girl approached, but that the dog bit without any warning.

The dog belonged to Scrase-Field's girlfriend, and had previously bitten another dog.

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