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Rochester man Alan Bryant who defended girlfriend Sonya Freeman from dogs in an attack will not face charges, it has emerged

15 July 2014
by Chris Hunter

A man who used a knife to protect his pregnant girlfriend from a dog attack will not face charges.

Alan Bryant, of Robin Court, Five Bells Lane, Rochester, attended Medway Magistrates' Court, where charges of possessing a bladed article in a public place were officially dropped.

The 39-year-old had been arrested after fending off "pitbull-type dogs" that attacked his girlfriend Sonya Freeman in the stairwell of flats where they live.

Alan Bryant outside Medway Magistrates' Court, with girlfriend Sonya Freeman, after charges against him were dropped

Alan Bryant outside Medway Magistrates' Court, with girlfriend Sonya Freeman, after charges against him were dropped

But prosecutors ruled his possession of the knife on May 15 had not been in a public place.

Outside court, he said he was relieved - but remained determined to fight for full justice following the attack.

"I'm elated and happy," he said. "We've finally got a bit of justice - it's not full, but a bit is better than nothing."

The couple confirmed they had recently been asked for medical records relating to the dog-bite injuries, and hoped the investigation into the attack would continue.

Miss Freeman, who is expecting her first child next month, said: "People look at us because he got arrested, but we haven't done anything.

"I'm the victim and they put it on him. Now he's free of all of this I can take it further with the dog bite."

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