Saturday 1 October 2016

Thug sets pitbull on three gardai before stabbing them during drugs raid

Elaine Keogh

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

Keith Plummer
Keith Plummer

A man ordered his pit bull terrier to attack three gardaí before stabbing them, a court has heard.

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The vicious attack saw the dog bite a garda's arm "to the bone" after the man shouted "Attack, Chico!" to his pet.

The same officer was left with facial scarring following the attack during which he attempted to restrain the knife-wielding attacker.

Details of the vicious attack were outlined before Dundalk Circuit Court yesterday.

Keith Plummer (40), with an address at Sunhill, Termonfeckin, Co Louth, was jailed for three and a half years for the attack, which occurred last May.

Two gardaí were bitten, with one sustaining a serious arm injury from which he has not recovered, and facial scarring.

Plummer, who had a knife, also lunged at the three gardaí, injuring them all.

He admitted assault causing harm as well as cultivating cannabis and possession of a knife.

The court heard he ordered the dog to attack after the gardaí got into his then home as they executed a search warrant.

When they arrived and tried to get the door open, Plummer shouted that somebody must have "ratted" on him, Judge Michael O'Shea was told.

Outside the house there was a strong smell of cannabis.

When the officers managed to force the door, Plummer produced a knife with a six-inch blade. The first garda went to restrain him and Plummer shouted: "Attack, Chico!"

The dog bit the officer on the arm. The dog's teeth went through to the bone, and he was forced to let go of Plummer to get the dog off him.

Plummer also stabbed the garda, leaving him with a scar on his face and wrist.

The second officer used pepper spray to restrain Plummer, but was bitten on the leg and stabbed in the knee. The third garda was stabbed in the hand and suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon.

All three officers attended counselling. Judge O'Shea said the assaults were vicious and imposed three-and-a-half-year terms for each one.

It is understood the dog was destroyed after the incident.

Irish Independent

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