Jailed, man who stabbed police dog in burglary
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.
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