Man appears in court charged with kicking 15-week-old puppy to death
A LISBURN man appeared in court yesterday charged with kicking his 15-week-old puppy to death.
Appearing in the dock of the city’s Magistrates Court, 24-year-old Marcus Sarre wept and shook with emotion as he was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on April 14 this year.
He was also charged with having cannabis.
A police officer said told the court that Sarre had made full admissions.
When District Judge John Ranaghan asked what had happened the officer replied that Sarre had "kicked the dog and it’s died, that’s the long and short of it.”
The court heard police were called by neighbours to a house in Lisburn after they heard someone was “in distress” believing it was a domestic type incident. However when they arrived, it was Sarre himself who was in a distressed state.
A small amount of cannabis was also found and the constable confirmed Sarre may have consumed some before he kicked the puppy.
Under cross examination from defence barrister Damien Halloran, the constable confirmed that Sarre had been “very distressed” during police interviews when he had made “full admissions and expressed remorse.”
“What he has said is that he had consumed substances, was angry and struck the dog,” Mr Halloran told the court, “he didn’t mean to harm or kill the dog.”
Having told the court that Sarre’s other dog has now been safely re-homed already, the lawyer said “this is a very sad state of affairs.”
Judge Ranaghan told the defendant he was minded, “with a heavy heart, to grant bail” as his mental health had played a role in the offence.
Sarre is due to appear again in court again on May 14.