A POSTMAN who says he was attacked and bitten by a dog owned by a leading North East judge has spoken of his anger and disbelief after learning she will not be prosecuted over the incident.
Kenneth Auld, 54, says he is ‘amazed and flabbergasted’ that the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to take no further action against Judge Beatrice over the incident at her home near Rothbury, Northumberland three months ago.
Mr Auld was delivering mail to Judge Bolton’s next door neighbour when he claims her German Shepherd dog got out of the house, attacked him and bit him on the leg, causing a wound that required hospital treatment.
He immediately reported the attack to Northumbria Police, which investigated the incident and submitted a file to the CPS.
Now he has been told by the CPS that because the incident happened in a private garden – and not in a public place – Judge Bolton can’t be prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Yesterday father-of-three Mr Auld, who has been a postman for 11 years and lives with his wife Susan in Castle Close, Morpeth, said: “I’m flabbergasted and find it absolutely amazing.
“I was left bleeding, needed hospital treatment and was off work for a week as a result of this, but it feels like the CPS are saying it never happened.”
Mr Auld was delivering mail to the judge’s home on April 9 but left the parcels on her doorstep because he says her two dogs were barking so much. He went on to the house next door and says he was coming down the steps after delivering mail when the two dogs came out through the judge’s back door and ran at him.
Mr Auld said: “One of them bit me on the leg and Judge Bolton came running out, got control of the other one and they ran back. My leg was pouring with blood so I went to Rothbury police station and reported it. I then went to Rothbury hospital and had the wound cleaned and bandaged by a male nurse.