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