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Friday, 5 May, 2000, 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
Postman's cash award for bitten crotch
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Mr Healey still delivers to the house where he was bitten
A postman has been awarded 4,750 compensation after being bitten in the genitals by a dog.

The attack happened while Simon Healey, 35, was delivering mail in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire in October 1998.

A springer spaniel called Toby sank its teeth into Mr Healey's groin and shook its head for 10 seconds before releasing its grip.



I have been told I should be able to have children, but it's still on my mind. I still have doubts

Postman Simon Healey
After the attack he managed to stagger back to the sorting office soaked in blood.

Mr Healey, a bachelor from Liversedge, West Yorkshire, now fears he may never be able to father children.

"I have been told I should be able to have children, but it's still on my mind. I still have doubts," he said.

His solicitor David Harrington said his client will also recover damages for loss of earnings and a contribution to his legal costs, as well as the compensation.

Injuries

"Mr Healey is satisfied that he has received fair compensation for his injuries and both parties are now anxious to put the matter behind them," he said.

In December 1998, Dewsbury magistrates made an order requiring Toby's owner, Beverley Watkins, to keep the dog under control.

Mr Healey, who has been a postman for 13 years, still delivers mail to Ms Watkins's home, but a postbox has now been fitted to the gate so that he and his colleagues do not have to enter the garden.

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