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Mother of baby mauled by dog taken to hospital and sentencing adjourned

There were clashes outside Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mother who was due to be sentenced after her six-month-old baby was mauled to death by a dog has been rushed to hospital and the case adjourned.

Claire Riley, 23, was treated by paramedics before the hearing began on Friday morning at Northampton Crown Court.

Her daughter Molly Mae Wotherspoon was killed by the dog at the family home in Daventry, Northamptonshire, in October 2014.

Riley was due to be sentenced after admitting owning a dangerously out of control dog at a previous court hearing.

Susan Aucott, 55, also of Northampton, admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog and was in court for sentencing.

Mrs Justice Carr adjourned the sentencing for both defendants until September 15th so the mother and grandmother can be sentenced together.

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Baby death: chaotic court scenes in 'banned dog' sentencing

A Judge has delayed the sentencing of a Northamptonshire mother who has admitted owning a banned breed of dog which killed her baby daughter.

There have been chaotic scenes outside Northampton Crown Court as 23-year old Claire Riley arrived with her family to be sentenced.

6 month old Molly Mae Wotherspoon died in October 2014, she was mauled to death by the family dog, an American Pitbull.

At a previous hearing both Claire Riley and Molly Mae's grandmother 55-year old Susan Aucott, both from Northampton, admitted owning a banned breed of dog.

An ambulance is called to Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

An ambulance was later called to the court to treat Claire Riley who had become unwell. She was taken away.

The Judge adjourned the hearing until 2pm when he is expected to make a decision of whether or not to proceed with the sentencing.

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Mother of baby mauled to death by dog rushed to hospital after scuffle outside court

An ambulance is called to Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

The mother of a baby who was mauled to death by a dog was rushed to hospital after a scuffle outside the court where she was due to be sentenced.

Six-month-old Molly Mae Wotherspoon died after an American pit bull attacked her in Daventry on October 3rd.

Claire Riley, Molly Mae's mother, pleaded guilty to owning a dangerously out-of-control dog at a previous court hearing.

Riley, 23, of Northampton, was taken away from court in an ambulance before the hearing began on Friday morning at Northampton Crown Court.

Susan Aucott, 55, also of Northampton, had admitted being in charge of a dangerously out-of-control dog and remains in court.

23-year-old Claire Riley is due to be sentenced after admitting she owned a banned breed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The sentencing has been adjourned until 2pm, when the judge will make a decision on whether or not to proceed today.

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Clashes outside court as family arrive for baby death sentencing

Chaotic scenes outside Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

There were dramatic scenes outside Northampton Crown Court as the mother of a baby who was mauled to death by the family dog, an American Pitbull in October 2014, arrived to be sentenced.

Both the mother and grandmother of six month old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon have admitted owning a banned breed of dog.

At a previous hearing Northampton Crown Court heard the little girl had been left in the care of her grandmother, Susan Aucott, 54.

Her mother Claire Riley, 23, of Merrydale Square, Northampton, had originally denied owning a dog dangerously out of control, but changed her plea at the last moment .

There were clashes with the media outside court Credit: ITV News Anglia

The dog was described by a vet before the attack as the most aggressive she had ever seen.

The court heard Molly Mae suffered severe blood loss from head wounds and died in Northampton Hospital.

The dog, called Bruiser, was put down at the scene. Ownership of pit bulls was banned under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. Ms Riley claimed it was a cross breed and therefore not illegal.

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Northampton Town sign new defender for the season

Northampton Town have signed up Welsh international Lewin Nyatanga on a season-long loan from Barnsley.

The 27-year-old started his career at Derby County and has played over 100 games for Bristol City and Barnsley. He has also played 34 times for Wales.

He'll be unavailable for the Cobblers against his parent club in the EFL Cup tomorrow.

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Homeless man jailed for life in Northampton for killing man who offered him a place to stay

Karl Pound and Mary Cash Credit: Northamptonshire police

A homeless man who killed a Good Samaritan who offered him a place to stop for the night has been jailed for life after admitting the crime.

Karl Pound pleaded guilty to murdering 54-year-old Robert Chester while his co-accused Mary Cash was convicted of manslaughter for her part in their victim's death.

Mr Chester was stabbed eight times at his Northampton home on October 8 last year, and then set alight in a bid to destroy evidence.

When firefighters arrived at the address in Rothersthorpe Road they discovered the victim dead in his lounge.

Police were able to link Mr Chester's attackers to the scene through DNA on blood-stained clothing.

Cash claimed Pound stabbed Mr Chester in a row over a £10 note, while Pound alleged Cash killed their victim because of a drunken bout of bad temper.

However Pound changed his plea to guilty after the first day of the trial at Northampton Crown Court, while Cash, who denied murder, was convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter by a jury.

Pound, 51, was sentenced today (August 3) to a minimum of 19 years in jail while Cash, 39, was handed a 10-year sentence, two-thirds of which must be served in prison.

"This was a completely senseless attack on a man who had shown only kindness towards Pound and Cash.

"The level of violence shown towards Mr Chester, over a seemingly insignificant argument, was shocking and difficult to comprehend.

"Robert was a quiet man who kept himself to himself. His act of kindness towards two people in need proved to be a fatal mistake and he has paid the ultimate price.

"I welcome the sentences handed down today by the judge and hope Robert's family can gain some comfort from them."

– Detective Chief Inspector Louise Hemingway, Northamptonshire Police

Police release CCTV footage of India's killer approaching her outside nightclub

Police have released CCTV footage of Edward Tenniswood approaching India Chipchase on the night he killed her.

It shows him speaking to the 20-year-old barmaid outside NB's nightclub in Northampton, where she had been for a night out with friends before the pair are seen getting in a taxi on Bridge street.

The footage later shows Tenniswood being escorted from a hotel following his arrest.

The 52-year-old former book-keeper was convicted of her rape and murder today at Birmingham Crown Court.

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