Man who stole mobility scooter and let dog maul police jailed
A man who stole a mobility scooter from a woman with a disability before letting his dog maul a police officer in Canberra’s south has been jailed for more than three years.
Authorities first arrived at the home of Matthew Millard, in the suburb of Rivett, last year while investigating the theft of the mobility scooter at Cooleman Court shopping centre.
While interviewing him, however, detectives voiced concerns – recorded on tape – about Millard’s pitbull.
“He’s not going to jump out on us, is he?” one officer can be heard in the recording.
“Nah, nah he’s alright,” Millard replied.
Moments later, the dog attacked the police – causing one female officer injuries so extensive that she had to be rushed to Canberra Hospital to receive treatment.
The stolen scooter was later found at Millard’s property and he has since admitted his responsibility in committing an act that caused grievous bodily harm, and theft of the vehicle.
During his hearing, prosecutors claimed Millard had encouraged his dog to attack, yelling “go, go, go” while the animal rushed forward. Defence lawyers argued he had actually said “no, no, no”.
He was today sentenced in a Canberra court to a maximum four years and nine months in jail, after already having served nearly a year behind bars.
Taking into account time served, the 35-year-old will be eligible for parole in February 2022 after also being handed a total non-parole period of three years and eight months.
The sentence came as a little relief for Millard’s female victim, however, who is still receiving rehabilitation after her injuries – leaving her career as a police officer in doubt.
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