Dog killer accused smiles

18:46, Mar 14 2011
Court
IN THE DOCK: Mathew Kawhi George appeared briefly in Hamilton District Court yesterday afternoon.

A 44-year-old Te Kuiti man has appeared in court after allegedly beating his pitbull cross dog to death with a golf club yesterday.

Mathew Kawhi George appeared briefly in Hamilton District Court this afternoon on three charges relating to the incident on Te Kuiti Rd.

They included one charge of wilfully ill treating an animal, one of offensive behaviour and another of possessing an offensive weapon  an axe.

Police alleged George attacked his dog in front of about 80 people with a golf club, killing it.

He then locked himself inside his Te Kuiti Rd house, armed with several weapons including an axe, spade and golf clubs.

Threats of the use of a taser fell flat until armed police arrived when he eventually surrendered.

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The Times understands he is a patched Mongrel Mob member.

George did not enter any pleas to the charges and was remained in custody until Thursday for a bail hearing.

Dressed in a blue boiler suit with arms crossed in front of him, he smiled and appeared quite calm in the dock.

However, he tried to hide his face from cameras when an application by the media to photograph him was approved, pulling the hood of the suit over his head.

Waikato Times