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Man found not guilty of allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place after Great Dane bit a girl in Eccles, near Attleborough

PUBLISHED: 09:41 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:39 06 March 2017

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A man who was accused of allowing his Great Dane dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place after it bit a child has been found not guilty.

Norwich Crown Court had heard how a two-year-old girl had been playing with her grandfather outside his home in Wilby Road, Eccles, near Attleborough, when she was bitten by the animal, called Thor, which was being walked by its owner Robert Sadler.

The toddler received two significant puncture wounds to her head and neck and required hospital treatment following the incident on March 27 2015.

Mr Sadler, 73, of Wilby Road, Eccles, went on trial after he denied a charge of being the owner in charge of a dog which caused injury while being dangerously out of control in a public place.

He was cleared by the jury who returned their not guilty verdict on Thursday.

The court had heard Mr Sadler told police in interview that the girl had put her arms around Thor “as though she was giving him a hug” but when the dog went down to her level “something went wrong” causing the animal to fall forward and she cried out.

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