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Accused who 'killed and cooked dog' to stand trial

By Paul Higgins

A Co Down man has been ordered to stand trial accused of killing a dog last December.

William Mocsari is alleged to have obtained a collie advertised as "free to a good home" before he strangled it with its lead, cooked and skinned the animal before feeding it to his own dog.

Standing handcuffed in the dock at Newtownards Magistrates Court, 27-year-old Mocsari confirmed he was aware of the charge against him. He stated no objection to the preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal step needed to have a case referred to the higher Crown Court.

While none of the alleged facts giving rise to the charges were opened in court, a prosecuting lawyer submitted Mocsari had a case to answer, a submission conceded by defence barrister Chris Holmes.

Mocsari, from Rodden Street in Kircubbin, was told that although not obliged to, he had the right to comment on the charge, give evidence to the PE or call witnesses on his behalf, but he declined the opportunity.

While Mocsari has been granted bail, Mr Holmes said "it has yet to be perfected" so District Judge Mark Hamill ordered him to be taken back into custody to appear again at Downpatrick Crown Court for his arraignment on August 22.

Previous courts have heard that what could be "traces of dog fur" were uncovered in the fire place when Mocsari's home was searched.

However the defence contends Mocasri is a "fantasist" and this "isn't the first time that he has confessed to something that turned out to be impossible".

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