Man sets his dog on to police

By Abbey Cannan

A man admitted setting his dog on to police while drunk, a court was told today.

Shawn Edward Davis pleaded guilty to six charges in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court, including one count of serious assault of a police officer by biting and spitting.

He also pleaded guilty to three counts of serious assault, one count of wilful damage of police property, and one count of public nuisance.

Police Prosecutor Senior-Constable Allison Johnstone told the court police were attacked while attending his home for another matter.

Reading from the brief of evidence, Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist quoted Davis as saying: “Get them, Smokey. He’s a good dog, he does what he’s told.”

Davis’s defence solicitor Chris Lumme told the court Davis was intoxicated on the evening when police asked him to go back inside his house, which then resulted in the defendant being wrestled to the ground.

Davis said he set his dog on to the police because “God made him do it”.

Mr Stjernqvist released Davis on bail until the next appearance on August 15.

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