A dog owner whose pet attacked a woman in Falmouth has had his sentencing brought forward so he can take part in the Isle of Man TT races.

Guy Raymond Edwins, 63, of Glasney Road, Falmouth arrived at Truro Magistrates's Court on Tuesday fully expecting to be sentenced after pleading guilty to being the owner of his four-year-old American Bulldog called Johnson which was out of control and attacked Susan Bowerbank.

But when he arrived in court he was told that an assessment of the dog by the police dog officer had still not been carried out and the sentencing would have to be moved to a later date for a second time.

But Edwins told the court he was going to the Isle of Man at the end of the month and then onto Belfast for a total of five weeks on a trip that was costing him thousands of pounds.

He said he had done everything he could and more to ensure that the dog was kept securely and his partner would be looking after it. He said he had been breeding American Bulldogs for 30 years and nothing like this had ever happened before. He said he took the to a secure dog pound in Hayle to exercise it and did not want it destroyed.

Magistrates agreed to bring the case forward so it could be heard before he went and Edwins was remanded on unconditional bail until May 26.

Edwins has already admitting being the owner in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.


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The full charge says that on September 3, 2021 at Falmouth in the county of Cornwall he was the owner of a dog, namely a four-year-old Johnson an American Bulldog, which was dangerously out of control in Glasney Road, Falmouth and whilst so out of control injured Susan Bowerbank contrary to section 3(1) and (4) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Edwins had already indicated a plea of guilty on April 28.

He remanded on unconditional bail until May 26 at 11am in courtroom two, Truro Magistrates' Court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. Magistrates said all options were open to them.