07 Oct 2022

Derry man appears in court charged with punching a 16-week-old puppy before throwing it outside

A 25-year-old man has appeared in court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a dog after he was alleged to have punched a 16-week-old puppy. Robert Quigley, of Deramore Drive in the Strathfoyle area, appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court yesterday where he was also charged with assaulting a female, threatening to kill a man, criminal damage to the woman's clothes and possessing a firearm, namely an air pistol. A police told the court that on October 29 the alleged injured party contacted police to say her partner, Quigley, had ‘charged at her’ in an aggressive manner after a row which started over the size of a piece of cake their child had taken. The woman said the injured part also lifted up their 16-week-old puppy by the collar, before punching the dog and throwing it outside. The police were also told that the woman had found a pile of her clothes in the garden doused in petrol. Bail was opposed on the grounds that the woman was fearful of further offences and the court heard that she was claiming the five days that Quigley had spent in her home were ‘constant mental abuse’. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said there was no domestic history between the pair, before adding that the defendant gave ‘a completely different account of events’. He added that this had been an eight-year relationship which had broken down. Last week the couple had tried to reconcile but 'things were not good'. Mr Quigley asked the police officer was the dog sleeping peacefully when police arrived and was told it was. He also asked had the clothes been examined for petrol and the officer said he was unaware if they had been. The Defence solicitor said his client denied making any threats. District Judge Barney McElholm released Quigley on bail on condition he does not enter Strathfoyle or have any contact with his former partner. The case was adjourned until December 13.

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