Philip Rhodes Accused Of Tackling A Woman Who Was Trying To Save Daughter From Dog Attack


Dog-AttackAn elderly dog owner grabbed a mother and pinned her to the floor in an ”astonishing” bid to stop her rescuing her six-year-old daughter as the youngster’s face was being mauled by his Staffordshire bull terrier, a court heard.

Philip Rhodes, 70, failed to prevent his dog Bruno attacking little Demi Baines, but instead jumped on her mother Karen and pulled her to the ground to stop her intervening, it was claimed.

He then lay on top of Ms Baines as Demi was being savaged by Bruno – also known as Bru-Bru – whilst he drunkenly slurred “get off her, get off her”, referring to the dog, it is alleged.

When police and other emergency services were called to the scene on Christmas Day 2013, Rhodes was so drunk he was struggling to stand, a jury heard.

When questioned about the attack he told them: “Are you nailing me to a cross? That’s what they did to Jesus.”

PAY-Demi-with-Mother-KarenThe attack, which occurred outside Rhodes’ home just minutes away from Ms Baines’ property in Hyde, Greater Manchester, completely “severed” Demi’s bottom lip, punctured her arm and wounded her back. She was in hospital for three days, required emergency surgery and is scarred for life.

At Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester Miss Baines broke down in tears as she recalled the tragic events which began when she and Demi were walking through a residential area having attended a family Christmas party.

Giving evidence, Miss Baines said: “Philip was stood outside his property with his arms out saying ‘isn’t she lovely?’ He was just a few feet away. He appeared to be drunk. He was slurring and staggering.

“The dog came out from a field to my left. It wasn’t on a lead. As I got to the side of him the dog ran in front of us and I put my hand down and it licked the tip of my finger then all of a sudden attacked my daughter’s face.

“I thought it was going to jump up and lick her face because it had jumped up at him first but it was when I heard the growl I realised it was attacking her. It jumped on her chest and she stepped back because it knocked her. She was standing up for a while – it felt like forever – then after a few seconds it had her on the floor. It was on her face and I knew it was attacking her.”

Miss Baines said she tried to wrestle the dog off her daughter before Rhodes intervened.

“He jumped in and he got me on the floor,” she added. “I was trying to get it to bite me and come to me rather than my daughter then he jumped on me. I was underneath him and couldn’t get up.

“I panicked and I was kicking and screaming and he wouldn’t let me up. He was slurring and saying ‘get off her, get off her’. I was scared the dog would kill her. It would have torn her apart.

“He kept grabbing me by my arms every time I went to grab the dog. I was trying to grab the dog by the collar and eventually got on my feet and shouted of my daughter who had managed to run off.

“Her top lip was just hanging off. I felt like that dog was going to kill my little girl. She was only six. He jumped on me and there was nothing I could do to get off the floor.”

Rhodes denies that his dog attacked Demi and denies he was the man who assaulted Miss Baines.

Opening the case to the jury on the first day of a two day trial, prosecutor Alison Heyworth earlier said: “Miss Baines, no doubt acting on motherly instinct, tried to separate the dog from the child. But the dog was not for letting go.

“Quite astonishingly, what happened then is that this defendant, instead of assisting and separating the dog, grabbed Miss Baines, shouted ‘get off her’ which she took to mean the dog, and pinned her to the ground to prevent her from assisting her child who was still being attacked by the dog.

“This was a frenzied attack and Miss Baines was unable to assist her daughter because she was struggling with the defendant who had her on the ground. Eventually Demi was released by the dog and ran away.

”Miss Baines kept on trying to grab it because she was worried it would chase her daughter but was still prevented by the defendant who was holding on to her and not letting go.

“The child was terribly injured. Her mouth had been severed completely in parts and she had a hole in her left arm and lower back.

“This was a horrific and terrifying attack by this defendant’s dog on a child and the actions by this defendant prevented her mother from helping her.”

Rhodes denies one charge of being the owner of a dog which has caused injury while dangerously out of control and one charge of assault by beating.

The trial continues.

Hippy turned wind farm tycoon is sued by his ex-wife for money he made AFTER their divorce


A new age traveller who became a wealthy wind farm tycoon was ‘abusive’ to his ex-wife when she asked for maintenance payments, a court has heard.

23E1AF9F00000578-2865950-image-m-6_1418085970264Kathleen Wyatt said she feared Dale Vince would ‘become violent’ when she went to him begging for cash after being left on benefits with two children.

She to court 22 years after they divorced, claiming he rendered her destitute while he grew his business.

The landmark case, which has now reached the Supreme Court, could have far-reaching consequences for men who have become rich after a divorce.

Mr Vince left school at 15 and was part of a ‘Peace Convoy’ of hippies travelling around southwest England in the 1980s.

The pair married in 1981 when they were both penniless travellers, living largely on state benefits.

After their divorce in 1992, Mr Vince lived in an old ambulance he powered with a home-made wind turbine made from recycled materials.

19C9DFF7000005DC-0-image-m-13_1418067152740A strict vegan with shaggy hair and an earring, he was described in the Court of Appeal as ‘the most improbable candidate for affluence’.

But in 1995, Mr Vince founded Ecotricity, which is now one of the UK’s biggest green energy companies and led to him being awarded OBE in 2004.

Now worth an estimated £107 million, he owns a sports car and lives in the £3million 18th century Rodborough Fort, near Stroud, Gloucestershire, with his new wife and their five-year-old son.

He also owns a football club, Gloucestershire’s Forest Green Rovers where he has banned red meat, and installed an organic football pitch, avoiding the use of chemicals and cut by a solar-powered lawnmower.

Meanwhile Miss Wyatt, 55, says she is so poor that she has been travelling to hearings from her home in Monmouthshire by bus – and has been sleeping in a bus station.

Her claim for maintenance was struck out by the Court of Appeal, but her lawyers are now challenging this decision in the Supreme Court.

If she is successful, it will lead to a full hearing before a family judge who will decide whether any financial settlement is due.

Yesterday, she said in statement read out to the court that she had waited this long to make her claim because she was afraid of her ex-husband.

When they divorced, she was left to care for the couple’s young son and her daughter from a previous relationship, who Mr Vince treated as his own during their marriage.

She said she had gone to Mr Vince in the early 1990s ‘desperate’ for money but had been ‘fobbed off’.

She said: ‘He said he could not help because his business was too much of a strain on his resources. I didn’t know what to do so in 1995 I contacted the Child Support Agency (CSA).’

The CSA then began investigating the finances of Mr Vince, prompting him to become ‘abusive’, according to his ex-wife.

She added: ‘I couldn’t cope with the stress caused by him. I asked them to stop the assessment because I feared Dale would become violent towards me.’

The court heard Mr Vince’s finances improved ‘significantly’ after 1997 and continued to grow until the present day.

He was worth an estimated £57 million in 2012, which rose to £107 million according to the latest figures.

Philip Cayford QC, for Miss Wyatt, said: ‘We have no problem with that. It’s a remarkable story. The issue is whether the wife is entitled to a penny of that or not.

‘All the way through the 1990s and 2000s, she was clearly asking for assistance. It’s a sorry state that… in 2007 when the business was clearly flying and Mr Vince had had his OBE for three years, she wasn’t receiving a penny, and was having to borrow money from her son.’

Last year, senior family judge Lord Justice Thorpe said she had left her claim – amounting to around £100,000 for every year since she divorced him in 1992 – far too late.

But Mr Cayford said yesterday: ‘This case should not have been struck out. We say the Court of Appeal, with the greatest respect, got this wrong.’

The court heard Miss Wyatt found a new partner in 1993 and had two more children with him – but that he subsequently did not finance the family either.

Miss Wyatt was able to make the claim against Mr Vince because in family law cases, unlike in the civil courts, there is no time limit for a former spouse to bring a financial lawsuit.

Neither kept any documents from their divorce and the solicitors’ files have long since been shredded.

Davina Katz, Mr Vince’s solicitor and head of the family division at Schillings, said the case was significant because those who divorced young often did not resolve financial settlements if there was little wealth to share at the time.

She told the Financial Times: ‘There are plenty of people who separated decades ago but have not got divorced or if they did get divorced at the time did not deal with financial claims and so this could have profound implications.’

The case, which is being heard by a panel of five judges led by Britain’s most senior female judge Lady Hale, is expected to conclude tomorrow.

Irish Teacher Refused Job Due To ‘Alcoholism Nature Of [Her] Kind’


An Irish woman received an outrageous rejection letter from a school in South Korea where she’d applied to teach.

n-KATIE-MULRENNAN-large300Katie Mulrennan, from County Kerry, earns her living teaching English around the world. Although she says she’s been passed up for jobs because certain schools prefer a North American accent, she said a recent rejection letter really crossed the line.

After applying to a job in Seoul on Craigslist, the 26-year-old was shocked to get a rejection email that turned her down due to the stereotype that Irish people are drunks.

The email reads: “I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind.”

A screenshot of the email was posted to Reddit earlier this week and has since gone viral. Mulrennan is now sharing her story with the press.

“When I got the email, it was so abrupt and short. I actually laughed when I read it initially,” Mulrennan told the BBC. “In the end I took a deep breath and sent back a reply that was a little bit sarcastic, as I couldn’t believe the email I had received.”

She didn’t receive a response to her second email, but says it doesn’t matter since she’s found another job in Seoul.

Although WHO data has shown that Irish binge drink with some regularity, other countries aren’t far behind.

Additionally, a 2014 survey by London-based business intelligence company Euromontior showed that South Koreans of drinking age consume about 13.7 shots a week, while Irish only drank about 2.6 shots a week on average.

Police state that man found bound, gagged, and stuffed in a sleeping bag is the worst case of suicide they’ve seen in quite some time


A MAN whose body was found bound and gagged in a sleeping bag in his shed was a simple, happy person who fixed cars and loved life.

143727-f5eda3b6-5e6e-11e4-919b-767a5a42ab7cAn inquest today into the bizarre death of disability pensioner Karl Robert Wright, 43, in July, 2013, has heard he had no worries, helped everyone and was always keen for a cuppa.

Police have ruled the whiz mechanic killed himself – binding his own hands in cable ties, covering his head in a balaclava and wrapping a rag and cling film over his mouth.

His mother Paula Wright found his clothed body on a mattress in a shed on their Sunshine Coast property, with his feet protruding from a zipped sleeping bag.

Karl’s brother Byron told the inquest in Maroochydore he did not think it was possible for Karl to have done that to himself and then wriggled head first into the bag.

Each wrist was cable tied, and a third tie linked the two on his hands into a praying position.

The cling wrap was so tight over his mouth it sunk between his lips, however his nose was uncovered.

“My instincts say he was murdered,” said Byron.

Ms Wright said Karl sometimes passed out at the sight of blood or other frights and she believed that may have contributed to his death.

“I think he was frightened and he was so frightened that he passed out and something has happened to him after that,” she said.

The inquest heard Karl, who had a minor intellectual disability, had no secrets. He was close to his mum who made his bed daily and cleaned his room.

Although he couldn’t read or write, he didn’t mind as he had made a life going to the aid of people with car troubles – even strangers on the roadside.

He had no anxieties about money or relationships, no other stresses and didn’t own a computer.

He had an active social life, visiting neighbours sometimes three times a day, didn’t drink or take drugs, refusing even to use Panadol.

Ms Wright last saw him alive when she bade him goodnight on 28 July, 2013, as he watched one of his favourite English shows in the living room.

“He told me he was going to finish the show and was going to bed,” she said.

“That was the last time I saw him alive.”

The next morning, after feeding the chooks and horses, Mrs Wright tried to rouse Karl but found his bedroom door unusually locked from the inside.

She went outside and saw the bedroom window ajar and the fly screen removed and leaning against the house.

“In a panic I opened the window and climbed in,” she said. There was bark on the floor around the bed and wardrobe but no sign of Karl.

After a quick search outside Ms Wright went to the shed, which also was unusually locked, and made a horrifying discovery.

“There was a mattress on the floor and a green sleeping bag and feet sticking out,” she said.

“I knew it was him by the socks.

“I walked over and touched the sleeping bag. It felt like it was stiff.”

Karl’s aunt Ruth Gould, 56, said the sleeping bag was “very straight”, and did not look like it had been shuffled into.

The inquest heard the gag cloth was a scrap of rag from a collection Karl used during repairs.

The cable ties also appeared to be his own.

Byron told the inquest the mattress bore faeces and urine, and police told him to burn it “because they didn’t need it”.

He found more scraps of material twisted into rope and cable ties and cling wrap in the incinerator.

Ms Gould, 56, said she did not think police had investigated thoroughly enough before concluding suicide.

“I just don’t think they spoke to enough people. I feel that we had to push for them to speak to people,” she said.

“I myself got the impression that there wasn’t a huge investigation.”

Breasty Russian Billboards Cause 500 Accidents In A Day



The stunt, by an advertising agency specialising in mobile adverts, backfired after police sent out patrols to round up all the vehicles and impound them until the risque images could be removed.

Motorist Ildar Yuriev, 35, said: ‘I was on my way to a business meeting when I saw this truck with a huge photo of breasts on its side go by.

‘Then I was hit by the car behind who said he had been distracted by the truck. It made me late and left my car in the garage, and although I am insured I am still out of pocket.’

I was hit by the car behind who said he had been distracted by the truck

Furious drivers across Moscow have reportedly bombarded the agency with compensation claims.

A spokesman for, which ran the promotion said: ‘We are planning to bring a new advertising format onto the market, encouraging companies to place their ads on the sides of trucks, as we thought this would be a good alternative to putting them on the sides of public transport.

‘We wanted to draw attention to this new format with this campaign’ he explained.

And he added: ‘In all cases of accidents, the car owners will receive compensation costs from us that aren’t covered by their insurance.’

Man sues hospital after they forget to remove three of his friend’s teeth ….. embedded in his leg


A man whose friend’s teeth were embedded in his leg in an accident on a trampoline is suing a hospital for failing to remove them.

PX9386290CASCADE-N_3076073bDaniel Rigby, from Pollards Hill in London has suffered debilitating knee swelling since the incident in March.

He says Croydon University Hospital failed to fully remove the three teeth which have caused a severe infection.

The 29-year-old was lying on his trampoline playing with his iPad when Peter Walsh, his best friend, came over to join him.

Mr Rigby said: “He jumped on and jokingly tried to kick me, I pulled his leg away and his face smashed into my knee and he blacked out.”

“He was probably out for a couple of minutes. He was face down and I saw blood coming out of his mouth and teeth missing so I thought it was quite bad. I tried to stand up and then collapsed because of my leg.”

After his friend came-to he managed to drag them both into a cab which rushed them to Accident and Emergency at Croydon University Hospital.

Teeth stuck in my leg. He took me off to X-Ray and he said there’s only a bit of bone cartilage, nothing to worry about.

“They gave me two stitches and sent me on my way.”

Afterwards the men went to Mr Walsh’s house where his nan inspected the knee and said she thought it was infected and he should return to hospital straight away.

The next day Mr Rigby went to A & E at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, where doctors opened the wound and cleaned out parts of the teeth which were embedded in his leg.

The scaffolder, who now feels insecure wearing shorts and going swimming, has employed a solicitor to file a negligence claim against the hospital for failing to spot that parts of the teeth remained in his leg.

A Croydon Health Services NHS Trust spokesman said: “We cannot comment in detail on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.

“Patients in our care are advised to contact us again after treatment if their condition persists or worsens. We would encourage Mr Rigby to contact us if he has any concerns about his care.”

Mr Rigby, who still works as a scaffolder and will soon be a father, thinks the injury will have an impact on his future career.

He said: “It’s really bad. Since it happened my legs stiffens up and I have to strap it up when it gets really bad. I’m very grateful for the treatment I got at St George’s but not to the man who treated me at Croydon.”

You know what’s (probably) not cool being a guy getting a colonoscopy? Waking up in women’s pink underwear


A Delaware man who says he awoke from a colonoscopy to find he was wearing pink women’s underwear is suing a surgical center.

Andrew Walls of Dover filed the civil lawsuit in New Castle County Superior Court against the Delaware Surgery Center on Friday. It seeks unspecified damages.

A spokeswoman for the surgery center declined to comment on the case.

Walls’ attorney, Gary Nitsche, wrote in the lawsuit that his client suffered severe emotional stress and mental anguish after waking up from a colonoscopy on Oct. 12, 2012, to find he was wearing pink women’s underwear. Walls says he had not been wearing the underwear before being given anesthesia for the procedure.