Cody accused plead not guilty

Published Friday, 30 May 2014
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Two men, charged with dousing a family pet dog in petrol and setting her alight which resulted in the animal's death, have pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Cody accused plead not guilty
The pet died a week after the attack. (© UTV)

At Craigavon Crown Court, Jamie Downey and Andrew Richard Stewart, both 22, pleaded not guilty to a single charge of causing unnecessary suffering to Cody the collie dog on 26 August 2012.

Minutes earlier in the proceedings people in the packed-out public gallery, which was flanked with police officers, had clapped and cheered a decision by Judge Patrick Lynch QC not to dismiss the charge against the pair.

Lawyers for Downey, from Chestnut Hall Avenue and Stewart, from Wellington Parks, both in Moira and for the prosecution had told the judge there was still some outstanding applications to be addressed before the trial which is due to be heard on 16 June.

In an incident which shocked and horrified the country, three-year-old border collie Cody suffered horrific burns to most of her body when she was doused in petrol and set on fire in the Maghaberry Road area of Moira.

Tragically and despite the best efforts of veterinary surgeons, she had to be put to sleep a week after the brutal attack.

Releasing both Downey and Stewart on continuing bail, the judge listed the case for review next week.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
alexandra martin in belfast wrote (239 days ago):
well done utv for covering codys story so extensively from day 1. keep showing the pictures the pictures of cody as we must NEVER forget the horror of what she suffered. thank you.
snowy in Ardoyne Ireland wrote (241 days ago):
set an example put the thugs in jail for a long time
Claire in Lurgan wrote (241 days ago):
I realise it is distressing but this is the reality of what Cody suffered and should be shown so people fully get the extent of the vile wicked people that did this to her. If you don’t like seeing pictures of violence towards animals being posted, you need to help stop the violence, not the pictures. Johnny Depp. Hope they get the full punishment which to me is still to lenient as this is a dangerous mind that would even consider doing this to an animal.
Lesley McKergan in Coleraine wrote (243 days ago):
I have a dog exactly like Cody and it turns my stomach every time I see her picture. Please remove it as it is extremely distressing-as it was on the news the other night..if a human had been subjected to that horror, I am positive their picture would not be displayed!! Get it down asap. Shame on you UTV !!
Yerwan in Donegal wrote (244 days ago):
How could anyone do something so sick. I hate this bloody world.
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