Man charged over fatal dog attack

By Calida Smylie

Police search a North Shore property after the arrest of a man over the death of a woman in a dog attack. Photo / Chris Loufte
Police search a North Shore property after the arrest of a man over the death of a woman in a dog attack. Photo / Chris Loufte

A man has appeared in court in Auckland this afternoon over the death of a woman who was mauled to death by two dogs at a North Shore property in March.

The 52-year-old businessman, who has interim name suppression, entered no plea to two counts of owning a dog which caused serious injury when he appeared in North Shore District Court.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

The man also entered no plea to five drugs charges - possession of the class A drug methamphetamine, possession and supply of the class B drug GBL, possession of the class B drug pseudoephedrine, and possession of the precursor substance hypophosphorus acid

Police say he was caught supplying and possessing for supply 15 litres of GBL, and possessing for supply of 1.7kg.

The drugs were found hidden in a commercial storage unit in Takapuna, according to police.

Another man was jointly charged on the drug offences and received interim name suppression when he appeared in the same court.

Both men were remanded on bail to reappear on September 20.

A third man - a 36-year-old from Pakuranga - was arrested around midday and will appear in the North Shore District Court tomorrow charged with possession of GBL for supply.

Chloe Mathewson was attacked and killed by two rottweiler dogs during a visit to a North Shore property in the suburb of Redvale in March.

Detective Inspector Greg Cramer of Waitemata police said the investigation had been lengthy and thorough.

"It is a rare case that ultimately had tragic consequences for the Mathewson family.

"We've spoken with Chloe's family this morning and talked them through the charges,'' he said.

Both dogs involved in the attack were destroyed several hours after the incident.

Officers and investigators from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) executed a search warrant on the 52-year-old's property this morning, police said.


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