Rockingham: mother and son successful in adjourning sentencing for dog attack but ‘test patience’ of court with no-show

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A MOTHER who successfully appealed a court decision to euthanise her dogs has ‘tested the patience’ of the court after failing to appear for re-sentencing yesterday at Rockingham Magistrates Court.

Stephanie Joanne McGlew and her son Ward Glenn Rohan originally pleaded guilty to failing to register a dog with a local authority and having control of a dog that attacked or chased a person or animal and caused injury during a court appearance in August 2017.

While Rohan turned up for court, McGlew did not and their lawyer Samud Hemachandra said she sent a letter into the court.

“Ms McGlew had work today and apologises sincerely to the court for her absence,” the lawyer said.

Magistrate Geoff Lawrence said it was “not the best day, not the best way to inform the court”.

Ms Hemachandra asked for an adjournment until June.

Mr Lawrence asked the lawyer if the dogs were in the care of McGlew and Rohan.

The City of Rockingham prosecutor said the dogs had been at the Rockingham pound since February 3, 2017, when the attack took place.

Mr Lawrence said it was a long time for the dogs to be in a pound.

“They will be impounded for a very long time; it will cost the council a lot of money,” he said.

He set May 18 for the next appearance but Rohan told Ms Hemachandra his mother would be working.

Mr Lawrence visibly lost his patience.

“She tests the patience of the court, Ms McGlew,” he said.

“So when will she be kind enough to grace us with her presence?

“She has to make other arrangements; I’m not going to mess about. She has to prioritise court appearances over her work commitments.”

After winning the appeal McGlew and Rohan have to be sentenced under another Magistrate other than Rockingham resident Magistrate Leanne Atkins, who set the original sentencing for the pair.

The cost to the City of Rockingham for keeping the animals is $30 a day bringing the total cost at April 10 to $12,930.

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