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UK dog attack: clean chit to Punjabi-origin councillor
London, January 22, 2014
First Published: 22:30 IST(22/1/2014)
Last Updated: 22:31 IST(22/1/2014)

A court in Britain has dropped two charges against a Punjabi-origin councillor for being responsible for an attack by a pair of "out-of-control" dogs, because he was not present when the incident happened.

The Chesterfield magistrates' court disposed of the case against Balbir Sandhu, a city councillor in Derby city of East Midlands, who was due to be tried on two charges under the Dangerous Dogs Act following an attack on a woman on September 6 last year, the Derby Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Following the attack, Sandhu had expressed regret and said that his dogs went missing that particular day.

"My guess is that these were my dogs. It's terrible   I want the woman to know I am very sorry and I will do everything I can to help her," Sandhu had said in an earlier statement.

"There is no evidence that Balbir Sandhu was in charge of either dog at the time and the two charges will have to be dismissed," judge Maurice Cooper was quoted as saying in the ruling. Sandhu refused to comment about the case outside the court. His wife, Jaswinder Kaur, who was also charged with the same two offences, will be sentenced on February 10 at the same court.

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