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R v Robinson-Pierre [2010]

Facts

  • Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is an offence to be in ownership of a dog that is dangerously out of control in a public place
  • Police raided the house of Robinson-Pierre
  • Robinson-Pierre’s dog escaped through the door which the police had used in the raid
  • After escaping, the dog bit a police officer

Issue

  • Had Robinson-Pierre committed an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • The police had removed Robinson-Pierre’s capacity to control his state of affairs and therefore his dog
  • He could therefore not be guilty of causing his dog to be out of control in a public place
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