Canterbury property developer admits attacking family and killing puppy

September 29, 2015 10:00 am

A property developer has today admitted attacking an
innocent family out for a riverside stroll and killing their young
puppy.
Andrew George McDaniel, 51, launched the bizarre road rage
attack near Eyre River, 20 minutes north of Christchurch, about 5.45pm
on March 23.
McDaniel was driving a Nissan 4WD when a
father-of-two out walking with his family and 10-month-old puppy
signalled that he should slow down as he exited the Eyre River – popular
with off-road enthusiasts – crossing on to Downs Rd.

 The man pleaded guilty to charges of injuring with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm and willful ill treatment of an animal. Photo /
File

The property developer took offence at the caution and tried to run him down.
The father was hit by the 4WD before diving to safety over a barbed wire fence.

The puppy was hit by McDaniel’s vehicle as he fled the scene.
The dog had to be put down due to its severe injuries, police said.
The
man was treated at Christchurch Hospital for cuts to his hands, cuts
and bruises on his head and injuries to his shoulder and ankle.
He has since been released and is recovering at home. No other members of his family were hurt.
After
his arrest, McDaniel, from Swannanoa in North Canterbury was remanded
in custody at a psychiatric hospital to assess his mental health.
Psychiatric
reports, prepared under the Criminal Procedures (Mentally Impaired
Persons) Act, found that he was fit to enter pleas.
Today,
through defence counsel Michael Starling, he pleaded guilty to charges
of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and willful ill
treatment of an animal. He also admitted unrelated charges of assault,
drink driving and careless driving.
Judge Chris Sygrove remanded
McDaniel in custody to Hillmorton Hospital and asked for a psychiatric
report to be prepared ahead of sentencing on December 15.

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