A Whangarei man charged with stabbing police dog Gus as
the animal was protecting its handler has been remanded into
the care of a psychiatric unit.
Kelly Brindle, 37, has been charged with aggravated assault
with a knife, assaulting a person with a knife, injuring a
police dog and unlawfully taking a vehicle after an incident
on October 3 where Gus suffered a punctured lung during a
chase through dense bush.
Police said Gus was acting to protect his handler and due to
the dog's bravery, more serious injury to police officers was
Brindle's appearance was excused when the case was called in
the Whangarei District Court on Monday.
Judge Duncan Harvey remanded Brindle in custody to the Mason
Clinic for assessment.
Brindle will reappear in the court on December 9.
The incident began when police were alerted to a 37-year-old
man believed to have been carrying a knife and a firearm at
his Parakao home, 40km west of Whangarei, about 4pm on
Members of the Northland Armed Offenders Squad, along with
detectives and frontline officers, went to the property.
The man was reported to have been in an agitated state and
while officers were placing cordons around the man's
property, the man allegedly stole a quad bike from another
property and rode off.
Police chased the man, who abandoned the bike on farmland and
ran off. AOS members, the police dog handler and Gus started
tracking the man through thick bush and the man was later
found at about 4am. He allegedly stabbed Gus and tried to
stab the dog handler.
- Mike Dinsdale of the Northern Advocate