A HERMES driver whose finger was bitten off by a staffie has been left fuming after the dangerous dog owner was spared jail.
Nicola Cringle’s digit was ripped in half by the hell hound through a letterbox as she tried to post a parcel through Tyrone Brophy’s door.
Brophy, 24, had been out at work when the delivery worker attempted to drop off a parcel at his home in Swinton.
As the 32-year-old put the parcel slip through the letter box, the bull terrier on the other side of the door clamped its jaw around the tip of her finger, as her 12-year-old daughter watched on in horror.
The dog yanked back with such force that her forehead smacked against the front door, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Her horrifying ordeal lasted just shy of five minutes, before a neighbour heard her screams for help and together, they managed to pull her hand free.
But to Nicola’s horror, she realised the staffie had bitten off half her finger and tendon, leaving her in agonising pain.
The dog, which Brophy claimed “escaped” through a garden fence following the attack – has never been found.
Nearly one year on from the terrifying attack, the mum-of-three from Bury says she has been left with life-long injuries and suffers from depression and anxiety as a result of her ordeal.
‘DAUGHTER HAS PTSD’
Nicola claims her daughter is now suffering from post-traumatic stress after witnessing the attack in October last year.
She branded the court sentence a “joke” as Brophy was let off with a community order and 120 hours of unpaid work, after admitting being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control.
He was also ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to Miss Cringle at a rate of £100 a month.
“It is just a joke, it’s not exactly a deterrent is it?” Nicola said, speaking to the Manchester Evening News.
“I have been diagnosed with arthritis in my hand and I am still awaiting further surgery.”
She added: “My 12-year-old daughter is still having nightmares and is absolutely terrified of me going near dogs or going back to work.”
COPS COULDN’T RETRIEVE FINGER
Following the attack, Nicola was taken to hospital, but doctors could not reattach her finger as police were unable to get inside the house to retrieve the severed digit.
Greater Manchester Police said they did not have the powers under the Dangerous Dogs Act to force entry without a court order.
Prosecutor Simone Flynn, told the court that Brophy’s property did not have a sign warning of a dog, or a cage covering the letter box.
Brophy’s defence lawyer, Michael Balmer, described the attack an “unforeseeable offence”.
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Sentencing Brophy, Judge David Hernandez said: “The consequences of this incident have been quite severe.
“The photographs I am currently looking at show a truly horrific injury.
“To have suffered an injury of this nature will lead to permanent pain and affect her employment prospects and her ability to care for her children.”
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