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Dog cruelty case stalled over forensic sample delay

By Paul Higgins

The case against a man who is accused of killing and skinning a dog centres on a forensic sample, a court has heard.

William Mocsari (27) appeared yesterday at Newtownards Magistrates Court via video-link as a prosecuting lawyer sought a four-week adjournment because "the forensics in this matter are still not through".

However, defence barrister Chris Holmes said: "It's very straightforward; there either was or was not specific forensic evidence found at the scene."

Lamenting that "it's now taken 14 weeks" since Mocsari first appeared accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog, Mr Holmes added: "The sample taken could reveal a certain type of evidence but it may not reveal that evidence which is possible."

Mocsari is charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on December 3 last year.

On two other bills of indictment, Mocsari has pleaded guilty to driving while banned and without insurance on December 1 and also on December 7, as well as having a knife on the latter day.

Yesterday in court Mr Holmes said if it transpired that forensic tests "do not reveal that evidence which is possible, we will be instructing a very specialised psychiatrist in relation to the admissions made by Mr Mocsari".

District Judge Mark Hamill remanded Mocsari back into custody to appear again on April 7.

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