Saturday 21 April 2018

Pictured: Man accused of trying to drown dog 'by tying him to five-litre drum of water'

Ivo Sprogis (35) outside Drogheda District Court
Ivo Sprogis (35) outside Drogheda District Court

Nicola Donnelly

A man charged with attempting to drown a Jack Russell terrier by allegedly tying a five-litre drum of water to its neck using cable ties has been sent forward for trial by judge and jury.

Ivo Sprogis (35) appeared before Judge John Coughlan at Drogheda District Court.He was sent forward to the next sitting of Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court on October 3.

The defendant, of The Park, Martello Village, Bryanstown in Co Louth, is charged with the attempted drowning of a Jack Russell dog on July 19, 2016, at the Boyne Canal in Drogheda, Co Louth.

At a previous court sitting, Inspector Brendan Cadden said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level, where, if convicted, the penalties are less than those of the circuit court.

However, on hearing an outline of the alleged facts, Judge Coughlan refused jurisdiction.

Insp Cadden had outlined the alleged facts, stating that at 7.20am on the day gardaí were alerted to an incident where a man was seen at the canal at Oldbridge House.

"It is alleged the defendant was out walking the dog and allegedly threw the dog into the river," said Insp Cadden.

Insp Cadden said it is alleged a five-litre drum of water was attached to the terrier's neck using cable ties.

He said passers-by alerted members of Drogheda River Rescue of a dog in distress in the canal. They managed to rescue the terrier. The dog was taken to the vet and, while distressed, it wasn't injured. "This is a very serious charge and I am refusing jurisdiction," said Judge Coughlan.

After the defendant was served with a book of evidence, the judge sent the defendant forward for trial to the circuit court.

The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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