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Man whose dog killed neighbour jailed for 10 years

The owner of a dog which attacked and killed a man in Huddersfield has been sent to prison for 10 years.

Aaron Joseph Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Aaron Joseph was found guilty of owning a dog which was dangerously out of control by a jury at Leeds Crown Court.

David Ellam, 52, died as he walked his Yorkshire terrier, Rollo, and was attacked by Joseph's dog, Alex.

David Ellam who died after being attacked by Mr Joseph's dog

He screamed for help as he was savaged by the dog outside his flat in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in August 2016.

The court heard during his trial that Joseph failed to muzzle his dog and keep it on a lead despite being ordered by a court to do so.

Alex had only been handed back to Joseph by police a week before the attack.

This was an appalling case in which a man lost his life in the most shocking way in a horrific, brutal and sustained dog attack.

The CPS were able to present evidence to the court to show that Joseph had failed to comply with a previous control order, which stated that the dog must be muzzled, kept on a lead, insured, neutered and micro-chipped.

In addition he chose to place a dog which he knew to have a history of attacking neighbours in a pen in the communal garden of the flats where he lived.

Aaron Joseph’s failure to comply with the control order together with his failure to take adequate steps to secure his dog led directly the tragic death of Mr Ellam.

The gravity of this crime is reflected in the severity of the sentence imposed today. I hope this is of some comfort to Mr Ellam’s family and friends, as well as the local community, of which he was a well-known and much-loved member.”

– Richard Walters of the CPS