Woman found guilty of bashing sister

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Phillipa Bayley is accused of encouraging her pitbull puppy to join in a savage attack on her sister. Photo / John Borren
Phillipa Bayley is accused of encouraging her pitbull puppy to join in a savage attack on her sister. Photo / John Borren

A woman accused of bashing her sister and encouraging her pitbull puppy to join in the savage attack has been found guilty at Tauranga District Court of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The jury was unanimous in its view that Phillipa Bayley's pitbull dog was involved in the attack but divided about whether or not the 54-year-old had deliberately set the dog on her sister.

Bayley facing a single charge in connection with the attack on Liz Smith at Bayley's Tauranga home early on May 21, 2011 after the pair had got into a heated dispute after a night out at a local pub.

Bayley was remanded in custody to be sentenced on November 5.

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