Dog torture accused granted legal aid

Dog torture accused granted legal aid

Two men accused of burning a family's dog to death are set to argue for the charges against them thrown out of court, a judge has heard.

Solicitors for Jamie Downey and Andrew Richard Stewart, both 22, told Lisburn Magistrates' Court they would be making "no case to answer" applications which if granted, would mean the end of the case.Downey, from Chestnut Hall Avenue and Stewart, from Wellington Parks, both in Moira, are accused of causing unnecessary suffering to Cody the collie dog on 26 August 2012.They had been due to be connected to that charge on Thursday and a preliminary enquiry held, potentially committing them to the Crown Court for trial but both were adjourned in light of future defence submissions.In an incident which caused widespread shock across the region, the three-year-old border collie 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 and tragically, despite vets' best efforts, she had to be put to sleep a week later.On Thursday District Judge Rosemary Watters granted legal aid to both Downey and Stewart and adjourned the case for two weeks to hear submissions on "no case to answer".


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