Huddersfield Man Jailed For 10 Years After Dog Killed Neighbour

Aaron Joseph's dog attacked David Ellam outside his home in August 2016.

A Huddersfield man, whose dog attacked and killed his neighbour, has today been jailed for 10 years and disqualified from owning a dog for life.

30 year old Aaron Joseph was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court yesterday of having a dog which caused injury resulting in death whilst dangerously out of control.

In August 2016, Joseph’s five-year-old Staffordshire-cross breed dog escaped from its kennel and viciously attacked David Ellam, a 52-year-old former lollipop man, outside his home in Riddings Road, Huddersfield.  

Mr Ellam was walking his own dog at the time, a Yorkshire terrier named Rolo, and received fatal injuries whilst attempting to defend his own pet from the attack.

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.

Richard Walters of the CPS said:

“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.”

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