Man tried to set Alsatian on Garda who called to his home

Galway Courthouse

A dog owner threatened to set his Alsatian dog on a Garda who was called to his home by his mother.

Oscirs Becas (25), 11 Cluain Ard, Ballybane, pleaded guilty before Galway District Court to assaulting Garda Sheena Gill at his home on September 10 last year and to resisting arrest.

The court heard Garda Gill responded to a call from Becas’s mother, who said her son was very aggressive, and she arrived at the above address at 10.15pm on the evening in question.

Becas was very intoxicated and aggressive at the time. He left the kitchen area and went around to the back of the house where he tried to set his dog on Garda Gill.

His mother tried to stop him doing this, but he pushed her out of the way. Garda Gill had to call for backup to arrest Becas.

The court was told he had five previous convictions, including two for not having proper control of his dog.

Sergeant Finbarr Philpott, prosecuting, said Becas had been convicted and fined €300 by Judge Grainne O’Neill back in July for a similar incident which occurred on September 22 last year – 12 days after the offences before this week’s court – when Becas threatened to set his dog on Gardai called to Briarhill Shopping Centre.

Gardaí on that occasion had to pepper-spray both Becas and his dog to gain control of the situation.

He had received a similar sanction in 2016 for again having an uncontrolled dog.

Defence solicitor, John Martin said his client began drinking heavily around the time of these offences and had lost his job.

He said Becas realised he had been totally out of control and was now trying to get help for his underlying problems.

Becas told the court he was willing to give up the dog.

Judge Fahy adjourned finalisation of sentence to January and directed a psychiatric report be furnished to the court then.  She also asked for Garda Gill to attend to ascertain her attitude towards the accused.

Judge Fahy added that that while she had not asked Becas to give up the dog, she was glad to hear he was willing do so voluntarily and she asked the prosecution to check that the dog was given up as promised.