Jailed, man who stabbed po­lice dog in bur­glary

Stockport Times West - - NEWS - MATT DAVIS

AMAN has been jailed after he stabbed a po­lice dog in a botched bur­glary.

Mark An­drew Finnerty, 47, pleaded guilty to five charges in­clud­ing crim­i­nal dam­age (to the po­lice dog) at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court.

He was in the dock just 24 hours after the in­ci­dent and im­pris­oned for a to­tal of four months.

Bomber, a Ger­man Shep­herd, is re­cov­er­ing from his or­deal after be­ing stabbed in the paw with a screw­driver dur­ing a strug­gle with Finnerty.

Po­lice had been called to the Chilli Mas­salla restau­rant on Cas­tle Street, Edge­ley fol­low­ing re­ports a man was seen try­ing to get into the front door.

A dog pa­trol at­tended and dis­cov­ered Finnerty, of nearby Crosby Street, Shaw Heath, who got to his feet and pulled out a screw­driver.

The po­lice dog was re­leased to de­tain him but in­stead, Finnerty wres­tled with Bomber and put him in a head­lock.

The dog han­dler at­tempted to hand­cuff the bur­glar but Bomber was stabbed in the paw.

Finnerty was even­tu­ally re­strained and ar­rested. He sus­tained dog bites in the in­ci­dent.

Bomber was taken to a vet fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, ban­daged

Finnerty was jailed for two months for pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon and two months for crim­i­nal dam­age, to be served con­cur­rently.

and

dis­charged.

He was also jailed for two months for at­tempted bur­glary to be served con­sec­u­tively and one month each for han­dling stolen goods and pos­sess­ing a class B drug, to be served con­cur­rently.

Mark Finnerty has been jailed after he stabbed a po­lice dog dur­ing a botched bur­glary

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