UK News West Belfast man jailed for killing his dog with hammer

01:25  13 february  2020
01:25  13 february  2020 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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A 55-year-old Belfast man has been jailed for killing his injured dog with a hammer.

John Boyle, formerly of Ardilea Court, Ardoyne admitted his guilt at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The now West Belfast man was accused of causing unnecessary suffering to the Staffordshire bull terrier in November 2017 after the pet was hit by a car.

Boyle, who will serve his sentence at Maghaberry Prison, killed the dog with a hammer after it had been hurt and put the remains in a wheelie bin.

A spokesperson for Belfast City Council said: "This was a particularly extreme and harrowing case.

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"Council is committed to thoroughly investigating all complaints around animal welfare issues. Council takes its duty in this regard very seriously and we trust this sentencing will serve as a warning to anyone who mistreats animals.

"Belfast City Council brought the prosecution after animal welfare officers followed up on a report that a dog had been knocked down by a car and injured," they explained.

"Mr Boyle took a hammer and killed the dog, placing it in a wheelie bin.

"Animal welfare officers attended the property at Ardilea Court and found the dog’s body. They seized a wooden mallet and metal hammer from the property, both with evidence of dried blood on them."

The court viewed the offence as so serious that it justified a jail term.

Boyle has also been banned from keeping animals for 10 years and must pay fines totalling £264.

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The pair are also accused of the theft of £70 in cash, car keys and a crate of Coca-Cola valued at £150 . Brownlee faces further counts of driving with excess alcohol and threats to damage property. Opposing bail, a detective said the defendants would know the injured parties. He claimed that during interviews Brownlee apparently tried to memorise the name of one witness. Defence lawyer Philip Breen, told the court that questioning of Brownlee was delayed due to the level of intoxication. He also disclosed that the alleged incident occurred just a hundred yards from his client’s home.

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