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Mates Jailed After Killer Canine Assault

Jack Lis died after being attacked by Beast, an XL Bully Canine

Creator: Claire PearsonRevealed tenth Jun 2022

Two pals from have been jailed for a complete of seven-and-a-half years over the demise of a ten-year-old boy mauled by a killer canine in Caerphilly.

Amy Salter, 29, and Brandon Hayden, 19, had been answerable for the XL Bully canine that weighed a “muscular” 96.5lbs (6.9stone).

Footage performed in court docket confirmed Beast lunging at different folks – together with youngsters – within the days earlier than the deadly assault.

Hayden had seen the canine marketed “without cost” on Fb with a warning that it was “not good with different canine.”

However tragedy struck when the raging animal killed ten-year-old schoolboy Jack Lis inside a property close to his house.

A court docket heard Jack had been enjoying with a pal after college once they went to the home the place Beast was roaming round downstairs.

Prosecutor Gareth James stated the pal watched in horror as Beast pushed Jack to the ground along with his “paws on Jack’s shoulders.”

Cardiff Crown Court docket heard neighbour Kirk Wiegold was alerted to the assault however may solely open the door “a fraction” when he tried to assist.

Emergency companies rushed to the deal with in Caerphilly, South Wales, however Jack was tragically pronounced useless.

Jack’s mom Emma Whitfield, who clutched a teddy in court docket, was stood outdoors the house as neighbours gathered on November 8 final yr.

She was then dealt the devastating information by police after she supplied them with an outline of her son.

In a sufferer influence assertion, she stated: “I shut my eyes and I see the animal and its tooth. I hear the barking.

“I was glad, bubbly, enjoyable however now I’m a nervous wreck.

“I am offended as a result of my baby went out to play and did not come house.

“I’m trapped in what was our household house. Now it is damaged and can by no means be the identical.”

She added: “I am unhappy. I am greater than unhappy, I am distraught.”

His dad John Lis added: “Jack was a ten-year-old boy and had his complete life forward of him however this was taken from him so unnecessarily and so tragically.”

The court docket heard Hayden had responded to an advert on Fb providing Beast to a brand new proprietor and requested Salter if the canine may keep together with her.

Mr James stated: “Brandon Hayden grew to become the proprietor of Beast on November 3 final yr. He had responded to an advert providing Beast without cost to a superb house.

“The vendor stated it was not good with different canine. Mr Hayden agreed to take Beast with the preliminary understanding there have been some points with Beast’s behaviour in the direction of different canine.

“Having taken possession of Beast he requested Amy Salter if Beast may keep together with her at her deal with as a result of lack of area and Beast was not getting together with different canine. He requested Amy Salter to take care of Beast for a brief interval.

“Ms Salter assisted with feeding and watering Beast however Mr Hayden provided meals and was the one one that walked it. Brandon Hayden was given a key to attend every day and stroll the canine.”

The court docket heard the pair had been taking care of Beast for simply days earlier than it attacked and killed Jack.

CCTV footage proven in court docket confirmed the animal had additionally attacked consumers and lunged at youngsters outdoors the native store within the days resulting in his demise.

In a single clip, Hayden is seen holding Beast on a lead when he jumps up and bites passer-by Michael Ball.

The footage additionally reveals the animal lunging at terrified youngsters whereas Hayden fails to drag him again – with one boy dropping his scooter and working to cover behind a wall.

The court docket heard the canine additionally attacked shopper Sian Sullivan when he ripped her hoodie and left her with accidents to her chest.

The string of assaults befell between November 4 and seven final yr – simply days earlier than Jack’s demise.

Hayden was additionally seen on the footage “kicking and slapping” Beast after it jumped over a fence to maul a Jack Russell.

Mr James stated: “Inside 24 hours of Hayden changing into Beast’s proprietor he may see such incidents had been possible.

“Regardless of seeing the incidents, Ms Salter agreed for Beast to remain on the deal with and supplied shelter, meals and watering Beast.

“There was solely an previous door to cease him from going upstairs was permitted freely to stroll round with no equipment or cage to restrain him.”

The court docket heard Beast was shot by firearms officers on the scene as horrified neighbours gathered outdoors following the assault on Jack.

Hayden gave a ready assertion in interview to say that “so far as he was involved” the canine belonged to Salter.

The court docket heard he attended the scene after the assault and gave the impression to be “freaking out” earlier than leaving when police arrived.

Mr James stated: “He stated he would always remember the pictures he noticed and may’t get them out of his thoughts.”

Salter and Hayden admitted being answerable for a canine dangerously uncontrolled inflicting harm leading to demise.

Hayden additionally admitted an extra three counts of being answerable for a canine dangerously uncontrolled and two counts of being the proprietor of a canine which precipitated harm whereas dangerously uncontrolled in a public place.

Decide Michael Fitton QC stated: “Jack’s demise was an completely tragic, unnecessary occasion. It mustn’t have occurred. It needn’t have occurred.”

Hayden was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months. Salter was jailed for 3 years.

The pair had been additionally handed an indefinite order from conserving canine.

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