Cody accused pair 'told lie after lie'

Published Wednesday, 03 September 2014
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Two men standing trial over the death of a family pet who was set on fire in Maghaberry village two years ago have been accused of "telling lie after lie" about their whereabouts on the morning the dog was attacked.

Cody accused pair 'told lie after lie'
Cody had to be put to sleep shortly after the incident. (© UTV)

Cody the collie, who was owned by the Agnew family, had flammable liquid poured over her which was then set alight, resulting in deep burns.

She made her way back home after the attack - which occurred on the morning of Sunday 26 August 2012 - but had to be put to sleep a fortnight later due to the severity of her injuries.

Andrew Richard Stewart from Wellington Parks in Moira and Jamie Downey from Chestnut Hall Avenue in Moira are both accused of causing unnecessary suffering to Cody.

The pair, who are both 23, deny the charge and are standing trial at Belfast Crown Court.

As the case against Stewart and Downey was opened on Wednesday, members of the jury were told they will hear from several witnesses who placed them within what the prosecution described as a "timetable of events" related to the Sunday morning in question.

The jury also heard both accused made the case when arrested that they were at a house party which they left at 7am before making their way home where they went to their beds.

Saying both Stewart and Downey's version of events were untrue, the prosecutor said it was the Crown's case that "these two accused did a circuit around Maghaberry. They had been at a party, they were perhaps walking off the effects of that or finishing their carry out."

The prosecutor also said that after making their way past the Agnew household, Stewart and Downey "for some reason ... poured some flammable liquid over the dog and set her alight.

"They are each responsible together for that."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Sandra in New York wrote (145 days ago):
Yes Ian in Belfast some people condemn those racist acts But the condemnation is much more passionate and across the communities for Cody the Dog. I am sure that immigrants to N Ireland will now see where they stand in the grand scale of equality.
Iain in Belfast wrote (145 days ago):
Sandra, you are on here often enough so you know people condemn these acts of racism and sectarianism. So please don't patronise the rest of us from your safe haven in New York. Nothing terrible ever happens over there no doubt.
Sandra in New york wrote (147 days ago):
I am an animal lover myself and am sickened by this cruelty. In Cody's case I wonder why we see more condemnation, calls for still sentencing. non tolerance ETC ETC on this vicious act. Foreign children and mothers and fathers are attacked in their homes at an average of at least twice a week And in response we hear less or no condemnation from posters. Why?
Anne Marie in Co. Down wrote (148 days ago):
Justice for Cody!! That is all
Baz in Lisburn wrote (148 days ago):
I am an owner of 2 dogs and was disgusted an heartbroken when I heard about Cody. Utv have reported what the prosecution have said, what about what the defence have said, are these people not innocent until proven guilty anymore. the abuse of facebook will never see fair trials anymore.
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