Man whose penis was bitten by police dog appears in court
A MAN who was bitten on the penis after allegedly punching a police dog in the face on the Sunshine Coast appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Zane Thomas Smith had been in hiding for more than a month after his last court date for an alleged robbery at Mooloolaba, where he allegedly bashed a woman and stole a motorcycle.
The 23-year-old Peregian Springs man has since allegedly been involved in another incident in Pialba, which resulted in further charges being laid.
Last month, Mr Smith was tracked to a house in Pomona, where a police dog sniffed him out, hiding in a hallway cupboard.
The dog bit Smith on the penis, piercing his main blood vessel, after he allegedly punched the dog in the snout.
Smith spent a week at Nambour General Hospital under heavy police guard to repair the puncture wound.
Last month at Maroochydore police station, he was charged with serious assault, drug possession, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and two charges of obstructing police.
Mr Smith failed to report to Maroochydore police as per his bail conditions, after an adjournment on September 9.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell remanded Smith in custody on Thursday.
"I'm not sure why you came to Hervey Bay - but I can assume it's because you didn't want to be found," Mr Tatnell said.
"The unprovoked attack on someone he didn't know in the presence of police officers shows he is a serious risk."
Smith's case was adjourned until October 31, when he will have the opportunity to apply for bail.
- Common assault
- 3 x assault occasioning bodily harm
- Fail to dispose of syringe
- 3 x possession of drugs
- 2 x possession of drug tools
- 2 x breach of bail
- Fail to report road incident
- 2 x obstruct police
- Unlawful use of motorbike
- Wilful damage
- Drunk and disorderly
- Wilful damage of police property