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Man jailed after setting his dog on drug addict burglar

The incident happened in Roseberry Avenue, Bell Green, Coventry, last September. Photo: BPM.

A man has been jailed after setting his pitbull dog on a drug addict who had burgled his elderly dad’s home.

Martin Carter spotted Sarah Burke in the street and let his dog loose to attack and bite her - which was then filmed on a mobile phone.

Carter, 30, of Sewall Highway, Wyken, Coventry, was jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The incident happened in Roseberry Avenue, Bell Green, Coventry, last September and saw Burke suffer bruising and swelling, but there were no puncture wounds.

At court, Carter’s barrister described his actions as “stupid and immature” and said he “acted on impulse”.

Rachel Pennington said:

“What he did was stupid and immature, the night before this, the defendant’s father had been burgled, and he was aware that this victim was said to be responsible.Knowing of her from the area, he was out that day in his work van, and happened to come across her and made the stupid decision to confront her about it. He acted on impulse. It’s not an excuse for his behaviour, but it does provide an explanation for why he acted as he did."

– Rachel Pennington.
The incident happened in Roseberry Avenue, Bell Green, Coventry, last September Credit: Google Earth.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Rebecca Wade revealed that a video of the incident was found on one of Carter’s friend’s phones.

She also stated that Burke, from Wood End, had been jailed for three years on her 48th birthday in October, but took her own life in prison the following month.

The judge, Recorder Steven Evans, ordered that the dog - named Marley - be re-homed with a “decent owner” and not destroyed.

He told Carter:

“Your father, who is housebound, was burgled by your victim in this case. She was a woman with her own difficulties with alcohol and drugs, not that that is any excuse for her behaviour. But what you did was to take the law into your own hands. You knocked her to the ground and then directed your dog to attack her to various parts of her body. You know that was unforgivable behaviour.”

– Recorder Steven Evans.