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:
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: