Man tasered after police dog attack

Last updated 09:34 04/02/2014

Relevant offers


Teenager lays police complaint after alleged sexual assault at Major Lazer concert The Roigard murder trial ends second week at the High Court at New Plymouth Killer couches. Killer stairs. Killer cots The perpetrators: 'They are us' | Behind Closed Doors Son's synthetic drug use devastates mother 'Our job is not to censor. We're not serving the political elite, business or corporations' Families in limbo as coronial staff struggle with backlog and break down under pressure Former Australian detainee burglary arrest not a surprise - Andrew Little Schoolteacher is jailed after three years of indecently assaulting underage boy Auckland gang man charged with importing drugs worth $3.4 million

A Blenheim man who became enraged and strangled a police dog was sentenced in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Lee Peter Kite, 18, of Riversdale, previously admitted charges of burglary, resisting police, cruelty to animals, assaulting police and discharging a firearm near a dwelling.

Judge John Bergseng said the dog has difficulty moving and has still not returned to work after the attack on September 26.

Kite and his brother had gone to an empty house at Lucas St about 12.50am with a knife and a screwdriver.

A neighbour phoned the police because they knew the house was supposed to be vacant.

Police arrived and let a police dog into the property.

Kite became enraged and attacked the police dog, grabbing it around the neck and strangling it, Judge Bergseng said.

When the dog handler stepped in to stop Kite attacking the dog, Kite lashed out, struggling with police until he was Tasered.

The attack aggravated an existing shoulder injury of the police officer, which had to be operated on last week.

Kite was sentenced to three months' community detention, 12 months' supervision and $250 hours' community work.

He was also ordered to pay $593.39 in reparations for the ill-treatment of the dog.

On the charge of discharging a firearm near a dwelling, which related to an incident on September 30, he was ordered to forfeit the air rifle.

Kite had been discharging the firearm at a target on the fence, when he missed the target and hit a corrugated iron fence.

The police were called because of the noise the pellets were making.

Ad Feedback

- The Marlborough Express

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content