Man found guilty of dog attack on police


A man whose pitbull attacked five policemen has been convicted of owning a dog dangerously out of control in a public place

Symieon Robinson-Pierre, 25, was found guilty of three charges under the Dangerous Dogs Act during a hearing at London Crown Court.

Police officers fled when the dog attacked them as they attempted to raid Robinson-Pierre's home in Albert Square, Newham on March 22.

The court previously heard that locals stood and filmed the scene on their mobile phones.

The dog was shot four times by an armed police officer after five officers attempted to subdue it without success.

A jury of seven men and five women reached a unanimous verdict, finding Robinson-Pierre guilty on all three charges.

He was previously cleared of a fourth charge when it was ruled that the attack on Pc Marc Merritt took place in the garden of Robinson-Pierre's home which is a private property and not a public place.

An attack by the animal on a fifth policeman, Pc Martin Corderoy, took place in the garden and was not the subject of a charge.

Robinson-Pierre also admitted a charge of owning a fighting dog. He was remanded in custody, while sentencing was adjourned until September 17.

During the trial, prosecution lawyers compared the bloodied scene of the attack to the Battle of Trafalgar.

Robinson-Pierre was found guilty over the injuries to Pcs Paul Garrard, Lee Bush and Steve Bones.