Northern Ireland

Suspended sentence for Belfast woman over dog attacks which injured toddler and man

The attacks happened in 2022 when the bull terrier-type dog was left unattended outside a shop

The SPO was granted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court
Belfast Magistrates’ Court. (Liam McBurney/PA)

A Belfast woman has been handed a suspended sentence after two people including a toddler were attacked by her pet dog when she left it unattended outside a shop.

Lindsay Gorman, of Downhill Avenue in the city, appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where the 47-year-old was convicted of two counts under Article 29(2) of The Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983.

The prosecution was taken by Belfast City Council over the attacks involving a bull terrier-type dog which both happened at Drumart Square in 2022.

The first incident took place on August 30 when a three-year-old boy suffered an arm injury when attacked by the unattended dog outside a shop.

The same dog, again unattended, attacked a man in the same area on December 10 of that year, leaving him with a calf injury.

Gorman was sentenced to four months in custody, suspended for 12 months for each offence, and ordered to pay compensation orders totalling £300 with a further £176 legal and court costs.