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Ex-soldier denied bail for second time in relation to death of former girlfriend's dog

By Staff Reporter

A former soldier accused of breaking into his ex-partner's home and fatally injuring her dog has failed in his second attempt to secure bail.

Slawomir Marcin Pazera (36) of Knockmenagh, Craigavon, was refused bail a fortnight ago after being charged with committing the offences on September 4.

Pazera was also refused bail at a subsequent High Court hearing, but mounted another attempt at Dungannon Magistrates Court, based on a change of circumstances.

This was confirmed to be that the post-mortem on the dog ruled out a gunshot wound as had originally been thought, but was instead caused by trauma "of significant force".

The court previously heard the victim called police after returning to her home on the evening in question to find it covered in blood with two obvious wounds to its head, although still alive.

The victim called her vet, who believed the animal had been shot. The dog's injuries were so severe it had to be put to sleep.

Meanwhile, a neighbour of the victim told police she had let Pazera into the building via a communal door, as he said he wanted to collect property.

The victim said she and Pazera had until recently been in a relationship but he could not accept it was over.

Pazera accepted he went to the property but claimed he could not get into the victim's flat and returned to his home in Craigavon.

He denied all allegations put to him.

At Dungannon Magistrates Court yesterday a detective objected to bail, explaining CCTV footage shows Pazera walk into the building empty-handed but on leaving was holding a box, which, they said, showed he had entered the victim's flat, contrary to his assertion he had left on receiving no reply.

A defence barrister said the change of circumstances leading to the fresh bail application was on the basis the dog was not shot.

Deputy District Judge Sean O'Hare said: "If that's the only difference to the original application, I do not regard it as significant for a bail review.

"I don't see a change of circumstances. It's up to the High Court if there is a differencing view."

Bail was refused and Pazerawas remanded in continuing custody.

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