#TheList Tyler Charles Laverick (DoB 12/07/1997) of 26 Armstrong Road, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear NE28 6NA – bit 8mo Staffy Diesel while high on cannabis, causing the dog to suffer horrific injuries including a partially severed nose
Laverick was convicted in absence earlier in 2018 of attacking Diesel, but that conviction was overturned to allow the useless thug to mount “a proper defence”.
Laverick denied one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal but changed his plea to guilty on the day of the trial.
At an earlier hearing he court heard that Diesel was seized by police after members of the public reported seeing him being assaulted by a male.
Officers attended Laverick’s former home in North Shields and found the pet, who had horrific injuries to his face, eyes and ears, inside.
When asked how Diesel suffered the visible wounds to his head, Laverick responded by saying “I was biting him, I was stoned”.
Diesel was taken to the vets where a catalogue of injuries were noted, which included:
- Puncture wounds to his tongue
- Significant trauma to the nose, which was bleeding and had the whole surface of skin removed
- Multiple scars to his muzzle
- Multiple wounds to his muzzle
- Swelling to the left side of the jaw
- Bleeding in the whites of his eyes
- Scratches and puncture wounds on his ears, which were bleeding
- A small wound to the left foreleg
- Multiple scars to the left foreleg
There was also evidence of previous trauma on Diesel’s body, the cause of which is unknown.
Laverick’s lawyer said his client had substantial mental health difficulties and had previously pleaded not guilty as there were concerns those difficulties meant he didn’t have the intention or knowledge of wrongdoing that constitutes part of a crime.
Sentence: 11-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. Ordered to pay £750 costs. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years