Legal teams in the case of a Co Down man accused of feeding one dog to another animal are waiting on a psychiatrist to file a report on the suspect.
William Mocsari (27) from Rodden Street in Kircubbin has been accused of killing, skinning and then cooking a dog.
It is claimed that this was then fed to a second dog.
Defence solicitor Darren Duncan told Newtownards Magistrates Court yesterday that, according to his instructions, Mocsari has been seen twice by a consultant psychiatrist in Maghaberry Prison.
However, no report has been received as yet.
Mocsari is accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on December 3 this year in that "being a person responsible for an animal, namely a dog, and by an act or failure to act by another person, caused unnecessary suffering to the said animal and you permitted that to happen or failed to take such steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances to prevent that happening".
When initially remanded into custody two weeks ago, Mocsari was held under article 158a of the Criminal Justice Order NI, which means the prison authorities and health trust are obligated to have him assessed by a psychiatrist.
With Mocsari appearing by video-link from the jail yesterday, Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop adjourned the case for a week to allow time for that report to be lodged with the court.
It will then be disclosed to the defence and prosecution.
Yesterday was the second day in a row that Mocsari has been in court.
He has pleaded guilty to driving while banned and without insurance on December 1.