A domestic argument that "turned into a fiasco" with a man
encouraging his pitbulls to attack police officers, resulted
in the destruction of two of the dogs, the disappearance of a
third and a sentence of community work for the owner.
Jayden Allen Lombardi (19), unemployed, had denied using the
dogs as weapons against Constables Amy Stewart and Ross
Harris, resisting the officers, and the offence that brought
the police to his home in the first place: intimidating his
partner on March 17.
In the Dunedin District Court yesterday, public defender
Andrew Dawson said Lombardi wished to plead guilty after an
indication from Judge Bridget Mackintosh that she would not
send him to jail.
On each charge, Lombardi was sentenced to concurrent terms of
180 hours' community work, with an extra 60 hours in place of
$3507 of fines which are to be remitted.
The summary from prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Evans said the
incident began with a disagreement between Lombardi and his
partner, Charlie-Joy Beattie-Creed, about who should pick up
dog excrement from the kitchen floor.
Ms Beattie-Creed refused and Lombardi became aggressive and
picked up the faeces in his bare hands. He walked towards his
partner who ran away, chased by the defendant.
When she returned to the house a short time later, she locked
him out and he smashed a window to get back in. Ms
Beattie-Creed fled from the house and concerned neighbours
called the police.
Constables Stewart and Harris arrived and saw Lombardi asleep
on his bed, with fresh blood coming from a wound to his hand.
They asked him to come outside, and a large pitbull, named
Killer, jumped through the open window and ran from the
Lombardi was immediately confrontational and uncooperative.
He abused the officers and refused to secure two smaller dogs
which had come into the bedroom.
Things then "turned to custard", Judge Mackintosh said.
The officers had to restrain Lombardi and his dogs "jumped
into the act", nipping at both officers.
After Const Stewart was bitten on the hand, she used her
pepper spray on the dogs. Lombardi responded by encouraging
all three dogs to attack. Const Stewart was bitten again on
the arm and Const Harris received two puncture wounds to his
It was "a most unpleasant incident", the judge told Lombardi.
But she accepted from Mr Dawson that the defendant had been
on restrictive bail conditions for five months with no
breach; he had not committed any further offences and had a
very positive report from probation about completing his
Lombardi wanted to do a limited service volunteer course and
the judge agreed with Mr Dawson that, as the defendant was
approaching 20, he was realising there was more to life than
living it as he had been.