One of the offenders.
One of the offenders. Erin Smith

Man sent dog onto police officer

A WARWICK man who allegedly incited his "large, pigging-style dog" to bite a policewoman has been refused bail as his two co-accused walked from court.

Damian Leonard Smith sported a swollen black eye as he appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon.

Police allege the 35-year-old and his co-offenders, Sean Robert Kattenbagh and Travis Jack Torrisi-McKay, both 21, targeted the home of a Warwick police officer and damaged his car and fence with a knife on Monday night.

It is further alleged the men made threats to harm the officer, with one of them saying, "I've got a knife and I will stab and kill you".

Police officers were called to assist at the property and Smith is accused of pushing and punching two police officers before instructing his dog to bite a female officer.

It is understood the dog bit the officer's foot and she was forced to taser the animal to make it release its grasp.

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa yesterday asked Magistrate Roger Stark to refuse bail for all three of the accused men, however his request was granted only in relation to Smith.

Snr Const de Lissa told the court Smith had been less than a role model prisoner since his arrest on Tuesday night.

"(Smith) has also been quite abusive and has made threats to staff while in the watch-house," he said.

Mr Stark told the Warwick man he must remain behind bars at least until his next court appearance on February 12, because he was an "unacceptable risk" of further offending or failing to appear.

Kattenbagh, from Pittsworth, is prohibited from entering Warwick as a condition of his bail and is also due to reappear in the court on February 12.

Torrisi- McKay, of Warwick, was bailed and ordered to reappear on February 8.



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