Police dog latches on to genitals of attacker

A MAN bitten on the genitals by a police dog had bashed his on-again, off-again girlfriend days earlier, stolen her car and written off another.

Zane Thomas Smith was bitten after he punched the dog while police searched a house at Pomona.

The Maroochydore District Court heard that six days earlier, on August 25 last year, Smith had broken into his on-again, off-again girlfriend's Mooloolaba unit and locked the door.

Crown prosecutor Maita Aylward said the two had earlier had a few drinks but the young woman had decided to go home.

Ms Aylward said that when she arrived, Smith grabbed her, threw her on a bed, attempted to choke her and punched her repeatedly.

She said the young woman locked the door and tended to her injuries when Smith left, but he returned and kicked the door in and assaulted her again.

Smith then left, threatening to kill himself and taking her car keys from her bag.

Ms Aylward said Smith smashed into two parked cars before dumping the car at the Maroochydore RSL and running off.

Smith, 24, pleaded guilty yesterday to two burglary charges, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, and two counts of obstructing police.

He was given sentences of up to three years and will be eligible for parole on June 12 next year.

Judge John Robertson acknowledged Smith's victim had offered him a place to stay when he fell on hard times. "You repaid her kindness by acting as a thug and an outlaw," he said.


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