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Verdict expected Thursday in Longueuil dog attack trial

In this file photo, Bless, an American Pit bull Terrier walks with its owner in Montreal, Sunday, September 25, 2016.
In this file photo, Bless, an American Pit bull Terrier walks with its owner in Montreal, Sunday, September 25, 2016. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

A Quebec judge is expected to hand down his verdict today for a man whose pit bull-type dog allegedly mauled a young girl.

Karim Jean Gilles stood trial in Longueuil this week on a charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

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On Monday, the girl’s mother testified that the dog attacked her daughter Vanessa in the face in Sepember 2015 and dragged her several metres across a park.

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Magdalena Biron said the attack left Vanessa with fractures to the cranium and hand, as well as a cheekbone broken in seven pieces. She still has scars on her face.

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In a brief statement on the last day of his trial, the accused suggested to Quebec court Judge Pierre Belisle his animal might have been provoked.

Gilles faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.