Grantham court: Dog owner pushed child during dispute over his pet

Court news.
Court news.

A young girl was pushed by a dog owner during a dispute when his dog got into the neighbouring garden.

Simon Colin Robinson, 36, of Huntingtower Road, Grantham, admitted assaulting the girl and an adult on April 11 at an address in Boston where he used to live.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka, told the court that the assaults had happened as a result of a dispute between Robinson and his neighbours over his dog which was allegedly out of control and was getting into the garden though a gap in the fence.

Mr Pietryka said on the day of the offences, Robinson became angry and abusive towards his victims and he pushed the young girl in the chest although he did not cause any injuries. It was said Robinson was drunk at the time. He later denied any assault in a police interview and said his dog was never out of control.

Robinson, who was not representated, said: “It was out of character for me. I don not neceedsarily agree with everything that has been said, but I do accept responsibibility for my actions.”

Robinson told the court he was a part-time doorman and over a number of years he had never been in trouble with the police for assault. He said: “I have never had a problem with the courts or the police before and I can only apologise.”

Magistrates ordered Robinson to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.