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Man charged two years after elderly woman killed in back garden dog attack

A man has been charged with having two dogs dangerously out of control nearly two years after an elderly woman was fatally attacked.

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Flowers outside the house on Boundary Avenue in Rowley Regis after Lucille Downer's death

Lucille Downer, aged 85, died as a result of injuries injuries sustained from the dogs in her rear garden in Boundary Avenue in Rowley Regis on April 2, 2021.

Although a family member and neighbours rushed to her aid, she was sadly confirmed dead at the scene soon afterwards.

Darren Pritchard, aged 44, from Merrivale Road, Smethwick, will appear before Dudley magistrates on Tuesday.

He has been charged with having two dogs dangerously out of control, causing injury resulting in the death of a woman.

Lucille Downer, 85, died

He has also been charged with possession with intent to supply and production of cannabis.

The ownership of two dogs was voluntarily transferred to police at the time of the incident.

Following specialist advice it was established the dogs could never be rehomed due to the violent act and they were humanely destroyed.

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