AN ELDERLY man has died after being mauled by a dog in his own back garden.
Leslie Trotman, of Rowan Road, Brentford was attacked by a pit bull-type dog which had escaped from a neighbour’s garden on January 23.
The 83-year-old was found dead in his home last Sunday (January 29), from injuries believed to have been sustained in the attack, and a man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
Police confirmed to the Chronicle that the attack involved a "pit-bull type dog" which had escaped from a neighbour's garden. The dog caused bite lacerations to the victim's right leg and knocked him over, resulting in injuries to his left side and hand.
Mr Trotman attended West Middlesex Hospital for treatment. The matter was reported to police who attended the next day and recorded details of the incident.
However on Sunday 29 January, the victim was found dead in his home by his son.
A special post-mortem examination took place at Fulham Mortuary on Thursday 2 February. Cause of death was found to be haemorrhage resulting from a rupture to the spleen.
Police believe these injuries were sustained during the attack by the dog, and are treating the matter as manslaughter.
On Wednesday February 8 a man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. He was taken to a west London police station and subsequently bailed pending further inquiries.
Police are appealing to anyone who has any knowledge of this incident to contact them on 020 8721 4054. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Three dogs have been seized from an address in Rowan Road, Brentford.