Pair deny setting fire to family pet
Two men have pleaded not guilty to burning a family pet to death.
Appearing in the dock of Craigavon Crown Court with uniformed police officers flanking the packed public gallery, 22-year-olds Jamie Downey and Andrew Richard Stewart pleaded not guilty to a single charge of causing unnecessary suffering to Cody the collie dog on August 26, 2012.
Minutes earlier, supporters in the the public gallery had clapped and cheered a decision by Judge Patrick Lynch QC not to dismiss the charge against the pair.
Lawyers for Downey, from Chestnut Hall Avenue, and Stewart, from Wellington Parks, both Moira, and for the prosecution, had told the judge there were still some outstanding applications to be addressed before the trial on June 16. Border collie Cody suffered burns to most of her body when she was set on fire in Moira.