#TheList David Bennett, born c. 1978, of Livingston Avenue, Liverpool L17 – attacked a police dog
Career criminal and drug addict David Bennett was convicted on two charges for assaulting police officers and a further charge for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
This was the first conviction in Merseyside under Finn’s Law, an amendment made to the Animal Welfare Act, which makes it illegal to harm service animals.
The law was named after Police Dog Finn who was almost killed protecting his handler from a teenager with a knife.
As at November 2019 Bennett had 33 previous convictions for 72 offences, beginning in 1996, which include 46 thefts and similar offences.
Since he was a youth, he has been locked up for burglary, motoring offences and handling stolen goods.
Bennett was jailed for 12 months for wounding in 2008, and for eight years for dealing heroin and robbery in 2010.
PD Deema is due to receive a commendation for her hard work today.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “We are so proud of our police dogs and their handlers, and all the hard work they do to protect our communities.
“The commendation Deema will receive is so well deserved and we hope this will help people recognise all our dogs do to help prevent crime.”
Eight-week custodial sentence consecutive to a 20-month sentence he is already serving for violently assaulting a shop worker.