Magician’s son spared jail after dog attack

Daniels Jnr (centre) at the shop opening with his dad Paul and Debbie McGee
Daniels Jnr (centre) at the shop opening with his dad Paul and Debbie McGee

THE Wigan-based son of top magician Paul Daniels, whose out-of-control dog attacked another man while being walked, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

A court heard that Paul Daniels Jnr has a previous similar conviction involving his dog biting someone.

You had a duty to ensure public safety was not at risk and this was a particularly large dog weighting 8st

Judge Mark Brown

Sentencing 54-year-old Daniels, of Houghton Avenue, Martland Mill, a judge said that the public are rightly concerned about people owning dangerous dogs which attack people.

Judge Mark Brown said that the case was particularly serious as Daniels has a previous conviction involving a dog attacking someone.

“You had a duty to ensure public safety was not at risk and this was a particularly large dog weighting 8st.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Paul Jones was walking through a wooded area on his way to Widnes Vikings stadium when he noticed a female who had a Rottweiler.

The dog barked and jumped up at him causing him to stumble.

He suffered grazing to his back and was left badly shaken, said Geoffrey Lowe, prosecuting.

He called his partner who lives close by and she quickly came to the scene and saw the woman, Pauline Roberts, making off and going in to a nearby house.

Roberts was a tenant of Daniels and she told police how she would take the dog out.

Daniels, a shop owner, pleaded guilty to owning a dog dangerously out of control.

Steven Swift, defending, said that Daniels had pleaded guilty and a prison sentence would adversely affect his livelihood.

Judge Brown sentenced him to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work. He was disqualified from owning a dog for three years. A previous hearing was told that the pet had been put down.

Paul Daniels Jnr runs the magic shop on Wigan’s Mesnes Street which was launched several years ago with much ceremony by him, his famous father (whose real name is Newton Daniels) and step-mum Debbie McGee.

Soon after opening, Daniels Jnr was hit by a Sunday newspaper sting when he sold cannabis to an undercover reporter.