Delivery driver tells of moment he was savaged by terrier in Wrexham


Geraint Jones

A delivery driver has told of the moment he was savaged by a dog while working in Wrexham.

Darren Peters, 28, was bitten on the leg by a stray Staffordshire bull terrier that, at the time, was in the care of Tamara De Gale, 27.

Mr Peters, a delivery man working for DPD, had called at one of De Gale’s neighbours in Grosvenor Gardens on December 30, but after he found there was no one in, De Gale, 27, a single mother, offered to take the parcel.

Wrexham Magistrates Court heard earlier this week how, as Mr Peters was handing over the package, the dog ran out and locked its jaws on his left thigh.

The father of two, from Pentre Avenue in Abergele, told the Leader yesterday he managed to prise the dog off his legs after about 10 seconds before it went for his left calf.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told magistrates that Mr Peters was screaming in pain during the attack, which was witnessed by De Gale’s children, aged three and one. Mr Peters said that De Gale put down one child during the attack as she tried to get the dog off him.

“I told her ‘pick up your child and get her in’ because she was screaming because of what she had just seen,” he said

“My concern was for the child because once that dog has gone for them, that child has no chance against it.

”I know they don’t tend to go for children they live with, but obviously dogs aren’t meant to go for people either,” he added.

De Gale, of Sontley Road in Wrexham, then grabbed the dog, he said, and told him: “It’s happened again, this is the second time this dog has done this and it’s got to be put down – it’s got to go.”

But in court Euro Jones, defending, said the previous incident involved a friend’s dog that she was looking after and that there was no suggestion they were the same animal.

The wound on Mr Peter’s calf needed 11 stitches and the thigh injury required two.

His calf injury became infected after the attack.

Mr Peters went to a nearby pharmacy after the attack and then to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan.

He made several more visits to the hospital to receive antibiotics and for stitches to be removed.

Describing the moment when the dog attacked him, Mr Peters said: “There wasn’t actually any pain as such because I was in shock.”

But the aftermath of the attack took its toll as Mr Peters was unable to help with his children, seven year old Maddison and six month old Samuel, as he had to keep his leg elevated for much of the time and was on antibiotics for 18 days.

“I had to go back to hospital about three or four days after because I couldn’t put any weight on the leg, the pain was so excruciating,” he added.

De Gale was handed an eight week jail sentence suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay Mr Peters £4,000 compensation for loss of earnings.

She was also banned from keeping dogs for five years and an order was issued for the dog to be destroyed although its whereabouts are currently unknown.

Mr Peters said that he had lost money due to being off work.

While he is no longer in any pain, Mr Peters expects to have a three or four inch scar as a result of the attack.

He returned to work on January 12 and said that while encountering dogs was “part and parcel” of his work, he did get a bit “panicky” with new dogs at new addresses.

A couple of times when the same type of dog had been standing in front of him had been “quite traumatic,” he added.

“There’s always that thought in the back of your head, would it happen again?” he added.

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