THE case of a man charged with kidnap, assault and GBH following an incident in Thornton Heath was heard at court today.
Police were called to reports that a woman has been assaulted in Brigstock Road, at 11.10pm on July 10.
When they went to a house in nearby Seneca Road to arrest the suspect, officers were confronted by a pit bull-type dog, which armed police shot and killed.
Steven Bennett, 40, of Seneca Road, Thornton Heath, was charged on July 11 with assault by penetration, kidnap and GBH with intent.
He was due to appear via video link at Croydon Crown Court (today) but, due to technical difficulties, the hearing went ahead in his absence.
There was no indication of plea or application for bail.
Bennett will remain in custody ahead of a plea and case management hearing on October 9.