Northern Ireland

Man beaten 40 times with pull up bar in ‘incredibly violent attack’ in row over dog

Accused also charged with causing unnecessary suffering to dog

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The court heard that police believed the whole incident was over a dog that had gone missing (Jane Barlow/PA)

A man was beaten up to 40 times with a pull up bar in “an incredibly violent attack” caused by a row over a dog, a court has heard.

Andrew Yearl (27) of Coolnasillagh Road in Garvagh appeared at Limavady Magistrate’s Court sitting in Coleraine charged with the attempted murder of a man on June 17.

He was also charged with assaulting the man occasioning him actual bodily harm on the same date and threatening to kill a female.

Yearl was also charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a dog that had to be put down on the same date.

The court heard that at around 9pm two males entered an address in Kilrea where the alleged victim was sleeping.

They took a pull up bar and were said to have struck the alleged victim 30 to 40 times and Yearl, who was identified by the victim, was supposed to have said “where is my dog?”.

The court was also told that earlier on the day a group of males and females had entered the victim’s mothers home where there was an incident and the man said he was going to be murdered over a dog.

The injured man had wounds on his head, body and legs and had to be sedated so police had not yet had the opportunity to speak to him properly.

The officer said when police went to Yearl’s house they found a dog in a room on its own, the officer said this was a different dog to the one referred to during the attack.

This dog was “obviously injured with slashes across its back” and had to be put down.

The court heard that police believed the whole incident was over a dog that had gone missing.

Defence counsel Alan Stewart asked how long was the investigation including forensics was liable to take but the officer said they could not answer that.

The barrister said that his client had no record and gave police an account in relation to the animal cruelty charge stating that he had been attacked by the dog in question and had to defend himself.

District Judge Peter King said the defendant had visible injuries and was told these were consistent with being attacked by a dog.

Judge King said he was concerned that the alleged weapon had yet to recovered as this was a key component of evidence.

He refused bail and remanded Yearl in custody until July 8.