There were howls of anger after a teenager was hauled into
court for barking at dogs.
Kyle Little faced 'ruff' justice at the hands of the British
legal system when the authorities prosecuted him for the so-called
He was fined for causing the dogs distress. The case was eventually
thrown out on appeal, however the taxpayer has to pick up
an estimated legal bill of £8,000.
Questions are now being asked why the case was taken in the
first place and a member of parliament is howling for answers.
The bizarre case, which finally ended before a top appeal
judge at Newcastle Crown Court, began last August. The 19-year-old
jobless laborer was arrested on a charge of public disorder
after police officers spotted him barking at two Labradors
in their owner's garden.
He was arrested for "threatening, abusive or insulting
words or behaviour, or disorderly behavior".
The city's magistrates decided he had caused the animals distress
and fined him £50 with £150 costs in January.
But the father-to-be launched an appeal and at the hearing
his conviction was quashed after prosecutors offered no evidence.
Judge Beatrice Bolton said: "The law is not an ass. I
am sure an expert on Labradors would no doubt explain how
distressed the dog was but I don't think section 5 of the
Public Order Act applies to dogs."
Kyle, of Mortimer Avenue, Newbiggin Hall estate, said after
the hearing: "I was just walking past the house and this
dogs jumped up and barked at us so I did a daft little growl
and went 'woof woof' at them.
"The next thing I knew I had been grabbed by the two
police officers who bent my arms up behind my back and handcuffed
"They threw me into a van and whisked me off to the police
station, where they threw me into a cell for about five hours.
"They said they were going to charge me with a public
order offence for barking at the dogs. I couldn't believe
"This has been a joke all the way through. I am glad
the judge has thrown it out of court. I am shocked it's cost
so much money."
Kyle, who was with friends and his girlfriend Nessa, 16, at
the time of the incident, was surprised to hear he had caused
the dogs distress.
He said: "I love dogs, they're my favorite animals. I've
got a terrier and I had an Alsatian as well until yesterday.
"Our lass is pregnant so I decided to get rid of him
if there's going to be a baby around. I'd never do anything
to hurt a dog."
The Labradors' owner Sunita Vedhara said: "We were surprised
that the case was taken to court. He was just a daft lad."
The legal bill for the appeal process will be met from central
Newcastle North MP Doug Henderson, said: "People want
to see the efforts of the police concentrated on real criminals