Newton Abbott man jailed for 'savage attack' on waiter

A man has been jailed for 12 weeks after he set his dog on a waiter then struck him with a baton.

Victim Tarak Aziz was visiting an uncle in Totnes when the attack happened in Borough Park Road on a Sunday afternoon last October, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Matthew Kelly, 30, of Newton Abbot "lashed out" after an unrelated incident involving other staff from the Indian restaurant where the man worked.

Kelly admitted causing bodily harm and having an offensive weapon in public.

The court heard Kelly set his Staffordshire bull terrier on his victim then clubbed him to the ground with a police-style extendable baton.

Judge Barry Cotter QC said it was a "brutal and savage attack on an innocent man" which took place during the afternoon when "ordinary members of the public were going about their daily activities".

William Parkhill, for the defendant, said Kelly had lashed out in panic because he was terrified as a result of the previous incident in Newton Abbot.

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