Dog hurt in raid on family’s home

The injuries to Cookie during the attack
The injuries to Cookie during the attack

A dog was slashed across the head with a meat cleaver as he tried to protect his owners from armed robbers.

The terrier named Cookie barked at Joseph Devaney, 23, and Kieron Rolston, 22, as they burst into the house on Homestead, Clayton Brook.

Joseph Devaney

Joseph Devaney

They brought down the machete on the dog’s head, causing a 4cm laceration. Cookie suffered serious injuries and had to be given stitches.

At Preston Crown Court, Devaney and Rolston pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and aggravated vehicle taking. Devaney admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Rolston was jailed for eight years and seven months, and Devaney, of no fixed abode, was given nine years.

John and Emma Evans were watching television while their seven-year-old daughter slept upstairs when Devaney, wielding a meat cleaver, and Rolston, with a knife, raced in at 10pm on September 15, demanding money and attacking the dog.

Kieron Rolston

Kieron Rolston

The court heard Mr Evans tried to reach for the knife but was repeatedly threatened with violence.

Rolston, from Bamber Bridge, was said to shout “I will stab you”.

The couple were pushed into the kitchen and told to kneel down as the men demanded money.

Prosecuting, Henry Pepper said Rolston pointed the knife at them, before the duo took mobile phones and car keys, and left in the couple’s Citroen Picasso car, which crashed during a police pursuit at 1.30am the next day.

For Devaney, Daniel Prowse said violence was not used against the victims, the child remained asleep and he showed “clear and sincere remorse”.

For Rolston, Philip Holden said: “Mercifully there was no physical injury to the complainant and mercifully the child remained asleep upstairs. Mr Rolston, for what it is worth, did not know there was going to be injury to the dog.”

Both were also disqualified from driving for five years.