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A man who used his two German Shepherd dogs as "quasi weapons" when gardaí tried to arrest him has been jailed for six months.

Frank McCarthy (45), of Ballyhandle, Crossbarry, Co Cork pleaded guilty to obstructing Garda Darren Cahalane and Garda Matthew Galvin on November 23, 2017.

McCarthy appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday for sentencing.

Sgt Tom Lehane told the court Gda Cahalane and Gda Galvin stopped McCarthy in his car at 7.40pm on the day of the offence in Crossbarry.

It was a routine stop. However, McCarthy failed to stop and drove off towards his nearby home. Gardaí followed him to the house.

"He proceeded to shout and roar at gardaí. He then lay down on the ground behind the Garda patrol car so that the car could not reverse. He closed the gate across the exit," said Sgt Lehane.

The court heard McCarthy used his two German Shepherds dogs to prevent gardaí from arresting him.

Six members of the Armed Support Unit were dispatched to the scene and officers used incapacitant spray and a Taser to arrest him.

Barrister Donal O'Sullivan, for McCarthy, said his client was impacted cognitively on the day of the offence arising out of a head injury he sustained a month earlier.

Judge Brian O'Callaghan said the incident was very serious and the dogs were used as "quasi weapons against An Garda Síochána". He jailed McCarthy, who has five previous convictions, for six months.

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