A WOMAN whose dog was "dangerously out of control" and injured a person has appeared in front of magistrates in Cornwall.

Tamika Diane Harris, aged 42, of, Kenwyn Street in Boscawen, Truro, appeared in front of magistrates at Truro Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, August 2 for a string of offences relating to several assaults, possession of drugs, possession of a weapon and being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

The first of Harris's offences began in Truro on January 21, where she assaulted two male victims by beating them as well as assaulted an emergency worker, namely a police officer, acting in the exercise of his functions.

Harris was also found to be in possession of offensive weapons - a glass bottle and a metal pole - in a public place as well as in possession of 0.6 grams of cannabis, a Class B drug.

Then, on March 10 2022, Harris was found to be in possession of just over eight grams of diamorphine, a Class A drug, and just under 0.6 grams of cannabis.

The most recent offences took place on Kenwyn Street in Truro on Thursday, June 23 where Harris's dog was said to be dangerously out of control and injured a woman.

Harris was also found to have assaulted the same female victim by beating her and was also found to be in possession of 0.08 grams of amphetamine and 0.72 grams of cannabis, both Class B drugs.

She pleaded guilty to all of the offences.

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During her sentencing, Harris was committed to prison for a total of 52 weeks due to being "a prolific offender" with a "complete failure towards any community based penalties imposed by the court" that "only a custodial sentence will do."

An order was also placed on Harris' ownership of the dog that set out that, is kept under proper control by being muzzled at all times, other than feeding or within its new residence, and on a lead when in a public place, it must be destroyed.

The dog's new owner will also be assisted with its supervision by a vet and security at its place of residence.

Harris was also fined £85 and made to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £128 as well as pay costs of £90 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The court also noted how Harris's guilty pleas had been taken into account when imposing the sentence.