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Essex

A man died after his girlfriend’s pit bull bit him 42 times after she stormed out of his house following an argument. Barry Walsh, 43, suffered five broken ribs and a ruptured spleen before he bled to death internally at his bedsit in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex in January this year, an inquest heard. His girlfriend of seven months, Purdey Clarke, said her Staffordshire bull terrier Gypsy had bit him during a row and she stormed out, returning two days later to find him dead on a mattress. Miss Clarke, 36, told the inquest at Chelmsford Coroners’ Court on Friday: ‘He slapped me round the face and my dog bit him. She was scared and she attacked him. ‘He held her up by her two front legs and was going to go like this (pull them apart) and I had to take Gypsy out of his house to mine, because he would have done it.’ She added: ‘I left and Gypsy didn’t come out with me - it was very unusual for her not to come out with me.’