Man bites dog and escapes jail

3080898 Timothy Noonan at Newport Magistrates Court

3080898 Timothy Noonan at Newport Magistrates Court

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A CWMBRAN man who bit his partner’s dog after throwing it against a sideboard, has narrowly missed prison, as he was handed a suspended sentence yesterday.

Timothy John Noonan, of Greenwood Avenue, Cwmbran had been found guilty to six charges against him and came before Newport magistrates for sentencing on Friday.

The 31-year-old was convicted of two counts of assault by beating against his then partner, two charges of causing suffering to an animal, namely his then partner’s dog, a threat to damage property and failure to surrender to police.

The court heard how in December last year, having been in a relationship for some time, Noonan had moved to live in Cornwall with his girlfriend, where the incidents occurred.

On December 22, the complainant’s boxer dog bitch was chewing a log.

Noonan threw a log at the dog, before grabbing her and throwing her against a sideboard.

Some days later, on Boxing Day, the pair had been on a walk with the dog.

Once back home, Noonan grabbed the dog, picked her up by the throat and bit her cheek.

But the attacks were also directed against his partner, who he kicked on December 29 and on December 30 he told her he would set fire to her car.

Ruth Hale for the prosecution, read from the complainant’s victim statement.

Ms Hale said: “She she is now nervous and jumpy and scared to go out of the house.”

Defending, Steven Mock, said his client was “not a lost cause” and had always kept regular employment.

He said “He recognizes he has issues with alcohol and anger management.”

Noonan was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, to be suspended for two years.

The bench condemned Noonan’s actions in the sentencing hearing.

Chairwoman of the magistrates, Barbara Williams, said: “The act of violence was disgraceful against both your partner and the animal.”

A restraining order was placed upon him preventing him from making any contact with the complainant. He is disqualified from owning or keeping an animal for five years, must complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay a total of £1,030 in costs and compensation.

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8:57am Sat 14 Jun 14

Woodgnome says...

Nasty little bully.
He should confine himself to barking from now on.
Nasty little bully. He should confine himself to barking from now on. Woodgnome
  • Score: 20

9:56am Sat 14 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Gobbling on his cellphone about what a great boy he is for not getting immediate custody. Went not guilty so no remorse, no credit for a timely guilty plea. How could an immediate custodial NOT be justified?
Gobbling on his cellphone about what a great boy he is for not getting immediate custody. Went not guilty so no remorse, no credit for a timely guilty plea. How could an immediate custodial NOT be justified? Dai Rear
  • Score: 45

10:53am Sat 14 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Man bites dog? Well there's nobody who can't say that isn't news, Argus:)! Seriously though, perhaps the punishment should have been to put this 'man' in a locked kennel with a pack of hungry Rottweiler's - purely for scientific purposes, of course - and let's see who bites whom then, eh?
Man bites dog? Well there's nobody who can't say that isn't news, Argus:)! Seriously though, perhaps the punishment should have been to put this 'man' in a locked kennel with a pack of hungry Rottweiler's - purely for scientific purposes, of course - and let's see who bites whom then, eh? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 41

11:11am Sat 14 Jun 14

smartie40 says...

they should of sent the freak to prison!! what a feeble weak man......
they should of sent the freak to prison!! what a feeble weak man...... smartie40
  • Score: 37

1:05pm Sat 14 Jun 14

MikeO4O8 says...

this sentence does isn't sending out a good message to animal and woman beaters is it??

* 26 weeks imprisonment, to be suspended for two years. (so if he commits a crime again with in 2 years he will only get 26 weeks inside for these charges??)
He is disqualified from owning or keeping an animal for five years (dont think this will do much good, by the sounds of it, he hates animals, so why would he get 1??)

must complete 200 hours of unpaid work (not to bad, will give him something to do)

pay a total of £1,030 in costs and compensation. (once again not to bad, but will this compensation cover help and supprt and any medical bills to help the dog not feel nervous and jumpy and scared to go out of the house??.

or will it just be another case or here is £200 now shut up and get over it??


anyway i believe he should have still got imprisonment and for ALLOT longer.

will be sharing this on Facebook so people can give him the punishment he deserves.

i hate animal cruelty with a passion and MORE should be done against it not matter what type on animal it is.
this sentence does isn't sending out a good message to animal and woman beaters is it?? * 26 weeks imprisonment, to be suspended for two years. (so if he commits a crime again with in 2 years he will only get 26 weeks inside for these charges??) He is disqualified from owning or keeping an animal for five years (dont think this will do much good, by the sounds of it, he hates animals, so why would he get 1??) must complete 200 hours of unpaid work (not to bad, will give him something to do) pay a total of £1,030 in costs and compensation. (once again not to bad, but will this compensation cover help and supprt and any medical bills to help the dog not feel nervous and jumpy and scared to go out of the house??. or will it just be another case or here is £200 now shut up and get over it?? anyway i believe he should have still got imprisonment and for ALLOT longer. will be sharing this on Facebook so people can give him the punishment he deserves. i hate animal cruelty with a passion and MORE should be done against it not matter what type on animal it is. MikeO4O8
  • Score: 35

1:16pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

What a disgusting and vile excuse for a human being! I wish him all the worst!
What a disgusting and vile excuse for a human being! I wish him all the worst! Thor at the door
  • Score: 30

1:18pm Sat 14 Jun 14

davies22 says...

if the dog bit him it would of been put down.... this system is just not right!
if the dog bit him it would of been put down.... this system is just not right! davies22
  • Score: 41

1:22pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

"anyway i believe he should have still got imprisonment and for ALLOT longer."
Not available for these offences. But it SHOULD have been immediate, not suspended
"anyway i believe he should have still got imprisonment and for ALLOT longer." Not available for these offences. But it SHOULD have been immediate, not suspended Dai Rear
  • Score: 14

1:25pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Yeah, I agree with the general consensus of opinion here He does seem to have been let off extremely lightly in relation to the gravity of what he did to both his partner and her pet. By contrast, if a dog had behaved in a similar, unpredictably aggressive way I'm pretty sure that the dog would have been put down.
Yeah, I agree with the general consensus of opinion here He does seem to have been let off extremely lightly in relation to the gravity of what he did to both his partner and her pet. By contrast, if a dog had behaved in a similar, unpredictably aggressive way I'm pretty sure that the dog would have been put down. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 19

2:52pm Sat 14 Jun 14

crazyaunty says...

it was a criminal act against his partner and the dog, neither deserved the treatment they received from this disgusting excuse for a human being. he SHOULD have been locked up and the law is a joke. Put him in a room full of angry dog owners now and then see how he likes it ! Hope he becomes a victim of crime and nothing gets done about it, see how he likes it then.
it was a criminal act against his partner and the dog, neither deserved the treatment they received from this disgusting excuse for a human being. he SHOULD have been locked up and the law is a joke. Put him in a room full of angry dog owners now and then see how he likes it ! Hope he becomes a victim of crime and nothing gets done about it, see how he likes it then. crazyaunty
  • Score: 21

4:19pm Sat 14 Jun 14

MrBenggo says...

And yet again,an example of British justice at its best,just what do we have prisons for,some one tell me please.
And yet again,an example of British justice at its best,just what do we have prisons for,some one tell me please. MrBenggo
  • Score: 16

4:35pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Even this creep's mitigation plea was weak. 'Always kept regular employment'? So did Fred West. The fact is that all talk of 'getting tough on domestic violence' is just that - talk.
Even this creep's mitigation plea was weak. 'Always kept regular employment'? So did Fred West. The fact is that all talk of 'getting tough on domestic violence' is just that - talk. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 24

4:39pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Mickkk says...

The only goo thing that will come out of this court ruling is that his name will always be on google search bar. "Note to any future employers "
The only goo thing that will come out of this court ruling is that his name will always be on google search bar. "Note to any future employers " Mickkk
  • Score: 21

5:25pm Sat 14 Jun 14

displayed says...

"The court heard how in December last year, having been in a relationship for some time, Noonan had moved to live in Cornwall with his girlfriend, where the incidents occurred"

Biggest mistake she made in her life!

Once they get a foot in the door, they'll throw you to the floor!
Including ur dog!
"The court heard how in December last year, having been in a relationship for some time, Noonan had moved to live in Cornwall with his girlfriend, where the incidents occurred" Biggest mistake she made in her life! Once they get a foot in the door, they'll throw you to the floor! Including ur dog! displayed
  • Score: 1

6:04pm Sat 14 Jun 14

cath 872 says...

Notice to the women in Cwmbran - never, ever go near this man.
Notice to the women in Cwmbran - never, ever go near this man. cath 872
  • Score: 12

6:07pm Sat 14 Jun 14

cath 872 says...

Notice to the women of Cwmbran - never, ever go near this 'man'.
Notice to the women of Cwmbran - never, ever go near this 'man'. cath 872
  • Score: 9

6:14pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

cath 872 wrote:
Notice to the women of Cwmbran - never, ever go near this 'man'.
Sadly, the message never seems to get through. Think of all the crims, lower than the belly of a snake, who are described as "father of 8" (and , naturally, no two by the same female)
[quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: Notice to the women of Cwmbran - never, ever go near this 'man'.[/p][/quote]Sadly, the message never seems to get through. Think of all the crims, lower than the belly of a snake, who are described as "father of 8" (and , naturally, no two by the same female) Dai Rear
  • Score: 9

8:54pm Sat 14 Jun 14

SAHSAH says...

"Man bites dog...."?

Whilst this in itself is awful, I find it strange that the argus has chosen to headline this particular aspect of this mans offnces and not to focus on the domestic abuse his partner was subjected to.
"Man bites dog...."? Whilst this in itself is awful, I find it strange that the argus has chosen to headline this particular aspect of this mans offnces and not to focus on the domestic abuse his partner was subjected to. SAHSAH
  • Score: 12

10:34pm Sat 14 Jun 14

alritebutt says...

How do we know the dog wasnt STARING at him, how do we know his partner didn't ask him to burn the car for insurance purposes? What If she wanted to be kicked. Well done the judge in this case, British justice at its best!
How do we know the dog wasnt STARING at him, how do we know his partner didn't ask him to burn the car for insurance purposes? What If she wanted to be kicked. Well done the judge in this case, British justice at its best! alritebutt
  • Score: -14

12:18pm Sun 15 Jun 14

rover100rich says...

i think alritebutt was being sarcastic not trying to justify this man correct me if im wrong
i think alritebutt was being sarcastic not trying to justify this man correct me if im wrong rover100rich
  • Score: -4

4:38pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Mr. Happy says...

Its only a dog. Whats all the fuss about?
Its only a dog. Whats all the fuss about? Mr. Happy
  • Score: -13

6:51pm Sun 15 Jun 14

I'm back xx says...

What a '****'!
What a '****'! I'm back xx
  • Score: 4

3:23pm Mon 16 Jun 14

GogExile says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Even this creep's mitigation plea was weak. 'Always kept regular employment'? So did Fred West. The fact is that all talk of 'getting tough on domestic violence' is just that - talk.
Excellent point. It implies that as soon as you are unfortunate enough to lose employment you're sent to sit on the criminal step.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Even this creep's mitigation plea was weak. 'Always kept regular employment'? So did Fred West. The fact is that all talk of 'getting tough on domestic violence' is just that - talk.[/p][/quote]Excellent point. It implies that as soon as you are unfortunate enough to lose employment you're sent to sit on the criminal step. GogExile
  • Score: 1

9:32am Tue 17 Jun 14

Gareth says...

He was violent towards her. She stayed with him. He was violent again and again. She stayed with him. Why do women do this?
He was violent towards her. She stayed with him. He was violent again and again. She stayed with him. Why do women do this? Gareth
  • Score: 1

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