Posted on 29th March 2017
PC Stephen Phillips
Earlier this month we released CCTV of a couple we wanted to speak to after a woman was bitten by a dog in a Derby street.
The incident happened outside the Sainsbury’s store on Boyer Street at about 9.10pm on Tuesday, February 7, when the victim was bitten by one of two dogs who were on leads and being walked by the same man.
We would now like to thank all those that responded to our appeal as a 27 year old local man has been traced and spoken to about the incident.
With the agreement of the victim he has agreed to pay compensation for the injuries she received and has agreed to a voluntary control order that will see the dog in question being muzzled when in public places.
This conclusion has been reached under the Restorative Justice scheme, a process that gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and an apology. Restorative processes hold offenders to account and helps them understand the real impact of what they’ve done, take responsibility and make amends.
PC Stephen Phillips, from the Abbey Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “ It is great that we had such a good response to the appeal and we have been able to resolve this issue under the restorative justice scheme.
“The victim did not want to see the dog punished but did want to try and ensure that nobody else had to suffer the injuries that she had from the incident.
“The man walking the dogs accepted his dog had bitten the woman and showed genuine concern about the situation and was shocked at the extent of the injury caused.
“Both parties have agreed to the terms of the restorative justice process and I would like to thank all those that responded to our appeal.”