Thursday 24 May 2018

Man strangled dog, cooked it and fed it to another pet

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Michael McHugh

A former mental health nurse who strangled and butchered a dog and fed it to another pet is to be sentenced next week.

Dominic O'Connor (28) faces up to five years in prison after he used a lead to kill the animal in the North in December 2016.

He cooked its body and used it as pet food for his other dog.

O'Connor's barrister Chris Holmes said: "Clearly this is an unusual and extremely disturbing case."

The father-of-two has no memory of the incident at his Roden Street home in the Co Down village of Kircubbin, his lawyer told Downpatrick Crown Court. He was convicted by a jury last month and will be sentenced next week.

He bought the dog on Gumtree from a couple in Lisburn, Co Down, the court heard.

Judge Piers Grant said O'Connor strangled it with a lead, stripped it of its skin, "butchered" it, cooked it, and fed it to his other dog, which has since been rehomed.

Mr Holmes, referring to a medical report, said his client exhibited quite disturbing personal symptoms leading to a "psychopathic disorder".

Irish Independent

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