A dog owner has admitted being in charge of two American bulldogs which killed a pensioner after escaping through a hole in a fence into a neighbouring property.
Darren Pritchard pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act, possessing cannabis with intent to supply and producing the drug at an address in the street where Lucille Downer, 85, was pronounced dead.
Pritchard was allowed more than two hours to speak to his barrister outside the courtroom before admitting a charge stating that he was the owner or in charge of two dogs which were “dangerously out of control” causing injury, resulting in the death of Mrs Downer at her home in Boundary Avenue, Rowley Regis, near Birmingham.
Mrs Downer, a retired cook, was pronounced dead at the scene on April 2 2021.
During a brief hearing before Judge Michael Chambers KC, Pritchard spoke only to confirm his name and his guilty pleas.
Granting Pritchard conditional bail, Judge Chambers told him: “You have had the courage to plead guilty to these matters and you will get appropriate credit (for pleading guilty) in due course.
“But they are clearly serious matters which cross the custodial threshold so you should be under no illusion as to the likely sentence.”
Police have said the dogs were humanely destroyed after the incident.
An inquest held previously was told Mrs Downer was found in her back garden.
A forensic post-mortem examination was carried out and the medical cause of death was found to be a neck injury caused by a dog bite.