Accused pitbull owner granted bail

Barbados Today:-The owner of the pit bulls that caused the death of 74-year-old Verona Gibson was granted $65,000 bail when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this morning.

Peter Christopher Rock of Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael was not required to plead to the indictable charge that he unlawfully caused Gibson’s death on January 28.

However, the 48-year-old chicken farmer denied charges that he was the owner of four-year-old pitbull dogs and did unlawfully keep the dogs without applying for a licence from the Ministry of Health.

He also denied charges that, being the owner of Akita cross pitbulls, he permitted the dogs to be on Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, a public place, without being kept on a lead or leash.

There were no objections to bail from the police prosecutor Station Sergeant Carson Henry who asked Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant for conditions to be imposed.

Rock had to surrender his passport to the court and now has to report to the Boarded Hall Police Station every Monday and Thursday with valid identification.

The accused, who is represented by attorney Leslie Cargill, was also warned not to keep any dogs until the matter was completely settled.
Rock was then granted bail which he secured with one surety. He returns to court on July 27.

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