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'Dog killer' case to be heard at Crown Court

By Paul Higgins

A man accused of killing and skinning a Collie dog will be prosecuted in the Crown Court, a lawyer has revealed.

William Mocsari, from Rodden Street in Kircubbin, Co Down has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on December 3 last year.

Although a prosecution lawyer told a sitting of Newtownards Magistrates Court yesterday that the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) intend to have the case against 27-year-old Mocsari referred to the higher court in five weeks, defence solicitor Darren Duncan revealed that despite repeated letters, "we have not received any response to requests for any physical evidence".

The court has previously heard the case against the Kircubbin man centres on both his admissions and what police say could be "traces of dog fur" uncovered in the fireplace of his home.

Previous court sittings have heard that Mocsari told his social worker and police officers that having obtained a dog advertised as "free to good home", he strangled it with its lead, skinned it, cooked it and then fed the carcass to his own Collie dog.

A police constable has also revealed that what could be "traces of dog fur" were uncovered in the fire place when Mocsari's home was searched, while the defence contend however the alleged dog killer is a "fantasist" and this "isn't the first time that he has confessed to something that turned out to be impossible".

At a hearing yesterday the PPS lawyer said the prosecution was "confident" that all the evidence could be served in three weeks with a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step required to have a case referred to the more senior court, to be heard the following week.

Deputy District Judge Sean O'Hare told the court that while the defence "will find out in three weeks" what the prosecution have, "it doesn't seem unreasonable for the defence to find out in general terms but if the prosecution can't give an answer then that would tend to speak for itself."

Remanding Mocsari back into custody, Judge O'Hare listed the Preliminary Enquiry for May 19.

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