Accused pitbull owner granted bail

The owner of the pit bulls that caused the death of 74-year-old Verona Gibson was granted $65,000 bail when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this morning.

Peter Christopher Rock of Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael was not required to plead to the indictable charge that he unlawfully caused Gibson’s death on January 28.

However, the 48-year-old chicken farmer denied charges that he was the owner of four-year-old pitbull dogs and did unlawfully keep the dogs without applying for a licence from the Ministry of Health.

He also denied charges that, being the owner of Akita cross pitbulls, he permitted the dogs to be on Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, a public place, without being kept on a lead or leash.

There were no objections to bail from the police prosecutor Station Sergeant Carson Henry who asked Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant for conditions to be imposed.

Rock had to surrender his passport to the court and now has to report to the Boarded Hall Police Station every Monday and Thursday with valid identification.

The accused, who is represented by attorney Leslie Cargill, was also warned not to keep any dogs until the matter was completely settled.

Rock was then granted bail which he secured with one surety. He returns to court on July 27.

43 Responses to Accused pitbull owner granted bail

  1. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small June 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I feel sorry for you but you should have had those dogs more secure they are pit bulls ,some pit bulls eat there owner.

  2. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde June 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm


    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome June 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      What does that have to do with bail?

    • Jay Manny
      Jay Manny June 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      What that has to do with anything

    • Keith Forde
      Keith Forde June 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm


    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce June 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Keith Forde, Well said!

  3. Sophia Cumberbatch
    Sophia Cumberbatch June 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Are dogs supposed to be kept on a leash if anything his property is supposed to be secured

  4. Troy R Stuart
    Troy R Stuart June 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    One thing I can tell you about this country
    Every dog attack the pitbull is blame

  5. Tre Stephens June 19, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    If you have a pitbull or pitbulls, knowing how unpredictable they are, the dogs should be kept on a leash, even though within the bounds of an enclosed property. The owner should then have the responsibility of taking the dogs (on a leash) for walks.

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Mr Law unto himself, unlawful kept the pit bulls without applying for a licence from the Ministry of Health and permitted the them to roam the streets without being kept on a lead or leash.
    Granted Bail?? He be going directly to a dog pound until the Court Hearing date and transferred to HMP Dodds.

    • Ali Graham
      Ali Graham June 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Applying for a license? Wuh yuh does fill out a form pay $5 for a year and u have a license. The license only allows u to be found faster if the dog bites someone……
      ……….. wunna act like it is something else more than a birth certificate

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce June 19, 2017 at 3:31 pm
    • Jah Son Elcock
      Jah Son Elcock June 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      The ignorance that is displayed in these comments is battling Ali Graham

  7. Mar Git
    Mar Git June 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    There was a female Akita in heat so the pittbulls got crazy. How about that owner?

  8. Stclair Worrell
    Stclair Worrell June 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    What’s the reason for having pit-bulls at all??..Since they are a danger to ppl especially if they fall into the hands of irresponsible owners….Fighting is a NO-NO.

    • Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor
      Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor June 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      they are not a danger if they are trained properly. a lot of people feeding these dogs raw meat and got the dogs addicted to flesh. how the dog going to know the different between meat and the old lady

    • Fabian Blackman
      Fabian Blackman June 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Feeding raw meat makes dogs no more aggressive than feeding chow. People need to drop the old wives tales and leave that dated thinking in the past.

    • Pearl Carrington
      Pearl Carrington June 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Any k-9 can be deadly if mistreated and neglected……Miss P

    • Stclair Worrell
      Stclair Worrell June 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      I would rather be encountered by an agressive pup than an agressive full grown dog as there is a difference between the encounters…. My point is any k-9 can be dangerous but a pit-bull if agressive can be more deadly considering its strength…

  9. Mia Allone
    Mia Allone June 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    dah officer had a stroke ?

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John June 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Probably didn’t want to be in the photo

    • Mia Allone
      Mia Allone June 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      maybe … a former work colleague of mine had a stroke … his face look very similar to this officer`s face

  10. Neil Springer
    Neil Springer June 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    The main problem with a lot of the comments here is that the issue has little to do with Pit bulls. It’s already been documented that perhaps one of these dogs was a pit bull or pit bull mix. This could just as easily been an attack by a mastiff, German shepherd or doberman. The issue isn’t the breed, the issue is proper management of the dogs. Yes the dogs should be secured properly and managed properly as well as licensed.

  11. Nick MuscleTech Benjamin
    Nick MuscleTech Benjamin June 19, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    How in the hell did he get bail? Who will accept responsibility for this lady’s loss of life? Especially the horrific way she met her end. All because he didn’t secure his property with his potentially dangerous animals.

    • Pearl Carrington
      Pearl Carrington June 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      He received bail the same way cold blooded killers, rapist and pedophiles are granted bail. How-ever, he did not kill the woman, his dogs did and the owner is allegedly responsible and accountable for her death. Hopefully, those vicious beasts were immediately put down.Miss P

    • Nick MuscleTech Benjamin
      Nick MuscleTech Benjamin June 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      That’s a sad truth…

    • Carlitha Andrews
      Carlitha Andrews June 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      I totally agree with you we need to stop being the judge accident happen could be anyone’s dog I am felt bad for the lost of the lady life but we need to stop judging all sort of people getting bail he did not kill her it’s his dog but he is responsible because he would send d owner murderers get bail y can’t he

  12. Corey Harley
    Corey Harley June 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Why is his bail money $65,000?

  13. mr baj June 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    if this man had not gone and held his dog ,who would be on bail now ,only one of the dogs was his ,so who r the owners of the other dogs ?

  14. Milli Watt June 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    yuh lie…………BAIL STUPSE

  15. Bernard Mccollin
    Bernard Mccollin June 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Why are people allow to keep PITBULLS ?

  16. Corey Harley
    Corey Harley June 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    People that doing murder don’t get that much money put on them.

  17. David Cumo
    David Cumo June 19, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    It is sad but eny dog can kill a common dog out by me run d mail man and he cud fall and dead and rum kill nuf people every day and I never see a bottle or rum get lock up yet

    • Shenzhen Nongke
      Shenzhen Nongke June 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Did rum physically and aggressively attack its victim??????

  18. Tony Webster June 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Would be interesting to see, if after the criminal charges have been heard, and settled, there is an accompanying civil case, to settle the grief, loss, and suffering of those closest to the deceased. Mo’ lawyers work, and in this instance, I would hope they do their work exceedingly well. Words fail me to adequately describe what this lady, and her family and relatives, would have endured.

  19. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch June 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Pitt bull attack? Was it not an akita in heat that started it. How many pitt bull did he have again .

  20. gsmiley June 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    David Cumbo what utter nonsense.

    Are you thinking or just talking to be heard?

  21. Wendy Smith
    Wendy Smith June 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Everyone is concern about what type of dog and bail.What about Brenda and Roger and her gran kids,for as long as they live they will have to deal with the tragic way in which their love one was killed.I can’t even imagine the pain and hurt they’re still going through,the law will deal with the case accordingly,I will continue to pray for her family.

    • Brenda Robinson June 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you Wendy. I really appreciate that. Brenda

  22. Outside June 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    That lady didn’t received any bail she received a life sentence

  23. Gregg wiltshire June 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

    You think he wanted that to happen he can’t sleep hardly eating crying everyday he use to be there 24/7 he even give her a puppy she was like a mother too all of us we all respected her we all are hurting trust me we all love miss Gibson this is why we are how we are today we always trying to kick each other down instead of trying to help not only his dogs were involved he’s the only person who came forward n say yes


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