Dog bit Garda, court told

A judge questioned the amount of money spent by the State in bringing a prisoner to Dundalk District Court last week, in relation to a prosecution for having an uncontrolled dog.

A judge questioned the amount of money spent by the State in bringing a prisoner to Dundalk District Court last week, in relation to a prosecution for having an uncontrolled dog.

The court heard last Wednesday that the defendant’s animal bit a female officer when it was tied up outside Dundalk Garda Station.

The court was told 30 year old Andrew Thornton with an address at Slieve Foy Park, Dundalk was pleading guilty to having an uncontrolled dog at the Garda Station on the 26th of March last.

The Defence barrister said her client had attended the station with his two dogs and both were tied up outside, when the officer was bitten.

Insp. Brendan Cadded said the officer’s skin was grazed and here was bruising around the bite.

The court heard the dog had since been put down.

After he was told the Defendant is serving a three year sentence imposed at Dundalk Circuit Court, Judge William amHamill questioned the expense involved in bringing the prosecution as he said whatever he would impose, could not exceed the amount of time being spent in custody.

He imposed a €200 fine saying:

“He should not have a dog going around biting people” and added “I wonder what all this amounts up to”.