A teenager remains in jail in the wake of having ordered his already-aggressive dog to "f ... ing attack" a policeman in a Lavington back yard.
This escalated the terrier-type dog's level of aggression, forcing the officer to use his capsicum spray.
The dog had snapped at his leg. Soon after, Saemus Nowells ordered the dog to attack yet again.
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Two policemen went to the Union Road property on October 15 about 7pm to speak to "suspects" over a knife-related incident that had taken place "only moments before" in Dean Street.
On arrival they saw three people matching the descriptions provided over that incident. They were drinking alcohol in the back yard.
Nowells, 18, walked over to meet the officers in the driveway, believing that police wanted to speak to him over unrelated matters.
They said he was now under arrest.
As this happened, the other policeman went into the backyard to speak to the other two men.
That was when the dog became aggressive, approaching while growling and barking.
Police said Nowells clapped his hands and yelled: "Get him, f ... ing attack him."
After the dog was hit with the spray, one of the trio had to hold it back.
"The accused has continued to yell at the dog, enticing him to attack (the officer)," police said.
Nowells walked towards the policeman, who took hold of him.
The teenager resisted police attempts to arrest him, having to be taken to the ground.
"He was eventually restrained and handcuffed," police said.
"The accused was dragged to the rear of the police vehicle as he refused to walk."
As he was being placed in the back he lashed out with his legs, striking one of the officers to his left leg.
Nowells pleaded guilty to charges of assault police, resist police and set on or urge dog to attack or bite.
Defence lawyer Dominic Holles said Nowells had not long returned to Albury from Wollongong, where he was working, when the incident took place.
"He came back to Albury to see his mother and he's been arrested."
Nowells has remained in custody since his arrest.
He will be sentenced on November 13.