Northern Ireland banker facing trial in New York for 'torturing a cat over a three month period'
An financial analyst from Northern Ireland is facing trial in New York on charges for allegedly torturing his roommate's cat named 'Lucy' for three months.
Declan Garrity, a 24-year-old from Northern Ireland who is on a work visa, was arrested on Wednesday and is accused of ripping out the cat's nails, breaking bones in her face, pelvis and legs and burning the animal since moving into the apartment in November.
Garrity had been working at Barclays' offices in New York since October 2014, according to his LinkedIn page.
"Barclays placed him on a leave of absence pending a thorough investigation," a spokesman for the financial services told CNBC.
The criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office states that "shortly after [Garrity] moved into the apartment, the individual observed Lucy's behavior change, including hiding in the individual's bedroom closet, not eating and constantly licking her paws."
The complaint also states that Garrity told his roommate on January 25 that an iron had fell on the cat while he was at work.
Last Saturday, the roommate claims that when he came home from work, Lucy "hiding in her carrier [with] her rear foot facing in the wrong direction," and that she was damp and missing hair. The roommate also saw paper towels on a bedroom vanity with "cat hair and blood."
A vet examined the cat and found that she was suffering had suffered a dislocated and fracture bone in her leg, several broken ribs, broken teeth, burns across various areas of her body, as well as broken claws.
According to the complaint, Garrity told an officer with the NYPD's Special Victims Division that he was alone with the cat last Friday night and Saturday in the apartment.
He has been charged with "torturing and injuring animals" and two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Lucy's owner, who wished to stay anonymous, told the New York Daily News: "It's nauseating.
"I've been disgusted with everything ... I thought he was the best roommate I ever had. It's bizarre."
Garrity is due to appear in court again on Monday.
Belfast Telegraph Digital