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PSNI seeking two further witnesses in connection with puppy death

Sparky the puppy

Detectives investigating the death of an 11-week-old puppy are seeking to speak to two further witnesses, a court heard on Friday.

Craigavon Magistrates' Court heard the investigation team are also awaiting a report from a vet and a report from the post-mortem examination of Sparky the puppy.

Kyle Keegan (23), from Gilpins Manor in Lurgan, is charged with causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy on 3 February this year.

Previous courts have heard how the dog's bloodied remains were uncovered in a bin in the Ailsbury Park area of Lurgan after a house party and that an initial postmortem on the pup's remains revealed how Sparky had sustained a number of fractures as well as severe brain trauma.

It is understood the case against Keegan is based on forensic evidence with ongoing police enquiries also being conducted with social media providers and experts to opine whether the puppy was placed into a microwave.

A report on tissue samples which had been sent to Scotland for analysis had been due back on 12 May but in court on Friday, the prosecution told District Judge Bernie Kelly “unfortunately that has slipped and is now due back next week.”

“There’s been a delay due to a member of staff going on long term sick so that has to be worked around,” said the lawyer.

Freeing Keegan on continuing bail, Judge Kelly ordered that “all outstanding matters” had to be lodged by 15 June when he case is next before the court.

Belfast Telegraph