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Tissue samples from puppy found dead in bin sent to Scotland for analysis, court told

By Paul Higgins

Tissue samples from a puppy allegedly killed by a Lurgan man have been sent to Scotland to be analysed, a judge heard yesterday.

A prosecuting lawyer told Craigavon Magistrates Court the report on samples taken from Sparky, the 11-week-old puppy allegedly killed by Kyle Keegan, is due back by May 11.

Having perfected his bail, Keegan (23), from Gilpins Manor in Lurgan, appeared in court in person on Friday.

He is charged with causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy on February 3 this year.

Initially bail was refused a month ago by District Judge Bernie Kelly who said that in her almost 40-year legal career "I have never in my life come across something as cruel as what's alleged".

Last week at Belfast High Court, Madam Justice McBride ordered Keegan to be freed once an acceptable bail address had been agreed upon but barred him from having contact with animals.

The court heard claims the puppy's bloody remains were found in a bin in the Ailsbury Park area of Lurgan after a house party in February.

A police officer testified that the case against Keegan is based on forensic evidence with ongoing enquiries being conducted with social media providers.

The update from the PPS on Friday follows on from what they told Judge Kelly a month ago that enquiries were still being made, including a post mortem on the puppy's remains, to establish the cause of death and "whether or not Sparky was placed in the microwave".

"Some of the exhibits have to go to Edinburgh as there is no one in NI to examine animal remains," said the lawyer.

Judge Kelly freed Keegan on continuing bail and ordered him to appear again on May 25 when the prosecuting lawyer said the "full file" should be ready.

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