Stephen Joynes Wiki – Bio
Stephen Joynes has been jailed after his newborn son was killed by his out-of-control dog.
Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes was just 12 days old when he was mauled to death by the Chow Chow Alsatian cross at his home in Doncaster in September 2020.
He is 36 years old.
Little Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes, who was 12-days-old, suffered 40 puncture wounds after being brutally savaged by a “dangerously out of control” Chow Chow Alsatian cross called Teddy, which was owned by his father, Stephen Joynes, 36.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that the attack took place on September 13, 2020, at a family home shared by Joynes and his fiancée Abigail Ellis, 28, in Doncaster, Yorks.
Ms. Ellis was charged alongside Joynes with the offense of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog, causing injury resulting in death.
She was due to stand trial, but these were dropped against her after Joynes took full responsibility for the tragedy and admitted the charge.
In December last year, Elon’s father, Joynes, pleaded guilty at the same court to a charge of being the owner of a dog that caused death when dangerously out of control.
On Thursday, he was sentenced to four years in prison. Prosecutors asked for a not guilty verdict in the mother’s case.
Richard Thyne QC, prosecuting, said Joynes had moved in with the mother of three, who appeared “vulnerable,” following the death of Ms Ellis’s previous partner from an illness.
He said: “He brought a Chow-Chow Alsatian cross dog named Teddy.
“This dog was initially purchased in January 2019 by the defendant’s ex-partner as a gift for their daughter.
“However, it had become apparent that they could not cope with the dog, and so the defendant accepted ownership as a result.”
The family pet had been “banished to the back garden” when Elon’s death, but one of the children noticed he was missing that afternoon and went into the house to find him standing over the injured baby and growling.