Musician charged over dog mauling

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A musician has appeared in court charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act after five officers were mauled during a raid.

Symieon Robinson Pierre, 25, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court accused of “allowing the dog to be dangerously out of control” outside his home in Albert Square, Newham, east London.

Metropolitan Police officers Pc Bush, Pc Merritt, Pc Corderoy and Dc Fray were among those injured in the attack.

Three officers yesterday remained in hospital after being savaged by the pitbull. Two were awaiting surgery and one was in theatre on Thursday afternoon, the court heard. At least two need skin grafts and plastic surgery, said prosecutor Sabrina Samaroo.

Robinson Pierre faced four charges, including possession of a pitbull dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Act. The second allegation states that he allowed his dog to be dangerously out of control in injuring five people. He also appeared accused of kidnapping and grievous bodily harm with intent, relating to an incident on March 14.

All five officers needed treatment for leg and hand wounds after Thursday’s assault as they carried out a raid. The three who were kept in hospital overnight were yesterday in a stable condition.

Robinson Pierre, dressed in a black jacket and white tracksuit bottoms, spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and the fact he would not be indicating a plea during the short hearing.

Scotland Yard admitted that it failed to pick up on intelligence that the animal lived at the property in Albert Square before they stormed the address. The dog was shot dead at the scene by a marksman from the Metropolitan Police’s CO19 firearms unit.

The swoop was part of a 48-hour Scotland Yard operation chasing people wanted by police or who had failed to appear at court.

Robinson Pierre, who walked out of the dock before District Judge William Ashworth had finished speaking, was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the same court on March 30 and Inner London Crown Court on May 18.