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A man charged with carrying a knife was trying to protect his pregnant girlfriend from a dog attack, it has been claimed.
Sonya Freeman was taken to hospital and treated for bite wounds when she was attacked in the stairwell of flats in Robin Court, Five Bells Lane, Rochester.
But she says she was shocked to learn her partner, Alan Bryant, had been arrested and charged following his efforts to save her.
She believes police have let her down by failing to treat her as a victim and properly investigating her allegations.
Miss Freeman, 28, told how she had left her flat to go to work and was walking down the stairs at about 5.45am on Thursday, May 15, when she saw two “pitbull-type dogs” and their owners approaching.
Miss Freeman, a manager at Simply Delicious bakery in Coxheath, said: “Both dogs jumped up at me and one of them bit me a couple of times. I was screaming and yelling, and my partner came down with his knife in his hand.
“He’d just got out of bed and came out in his pants, half asleep.
“I was screaming down the stairwell because my arm was being held in a dog's mouth.”
Mr Bryant then fended off the dogs and took his partner – by this point hysterical and bleeding – back to the flat.
She said: “If he hadn’t come running out, God knows what would have happened. I might have been bitten in the belly. I could have had the baby.”
When emergency services arrived she was taken away by ambulance, while police seized Mr Bryant’s steak knife and started questioning all involved.
At hospital, seven months pregnant Miss Freeman had her wounds treated and was given a tetanus jab and a series of antibiotics before being released.
She said: “I was a mess from all of this. They’d left me on my own, then I had to get a taxi back to my house and go down to the police station to give a statement, knowing that I was in no fit state to be going there or seeing anyone.”
When he was eventually released, Miss Freeman learnt her partner had been charged.
“Both dogs jumped up at me and one of them bit me a couple of times. I was screaming and yelling, and my partner came down with his knife in his hand" - Sonya Freeman
She said: “I couldn’t believe it – I didn’t know what was going on. I had asked for help from the police and then this. I said how can you justify this?
“They’re saying he didn’t have a reason to have a knife, which I don’t understand.
“The way I was screaming and shouting, he thought I needed help.”
She now has flashbacks of the incident and remains terrified of the dogs, which are kept in the same block of flats.
Mr Bryant, 39, who works at the same family-run bakery as his partner, is now awaiting his hearing in Medway Magistrates’ Court on Monday, July 7.
As for her own allegations, she added: “The police aren’t doing anything about it. They said there’s not enough evidence to prove the dog bit me.”
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