A Crawley man whose dog mauled his baby niece to death has appeared in court accused of breaching an order banning him from having dogs.
Urfan Ahmed, 38, of Burdock Close, Broadfield, and his partner, Linda Hood, 49, of Davis Close, Broadfield, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on December 16.
Ahmed pleaded not guilty to being in custody of a dog while disqualified from keeping one in a field near Lowfield Heath Road, Charlwood, on September 14 and Hood pleaded not guilty to aiding or abetting him to have custody of a dog while he was banned, at her address on October 5.
The pair were released on bail to be tried at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on February 4.
Ahmed was first charged with keeping a dog prohibited under the dangerous dogs act after his 18-month-old niece was killed by one of his dogs in April 2010.
He was found guilty of breaching the five-year disqualification twice and possessing a dog dangerously out of control at a court hearing in 2013.
At the time, a police statement said he was banned from owning a dog until 2023 and fined £1,585.
It added Hood was also charged with being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control, and was given a two-year conditional discharge.
Inspector Di Lewis said in 2013: “The magistrate told Ahmed during the trial that if he comes before the courts again for keeping dogs, he will be sent to prison.”
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