A LIMERICK man has been sent forward for trial charged with buggery with an animal, following the death of a woman in Patrickswell three years ago.
Sean McDonnell, 57, with an address at Churchill Meadows, Raheen, is charged with buggery with an animal - a German Shepherd - contrary to section 61 of the Offences Against The Person Act 1861.
It is alleged Mr McDonnell used his Alsatian dog to commit the act on the woman at a house in Patrickswell on October 7, 2008.
The accused man was presented with the book of evidence in the case by Detective Garda Paraig O’Dwyer at Limerick District Court.
Mr McDonnell was sent forward for trial by Judge Eamon O’Brien to the next sitting of Limerick Circuit Court later this year.
The 57-year-old, who was accompanied in court by his daughter, was granted free legal aid to cover the cost of his solicitor and two counsel, following an application by his solicitor, Ted McCarthy.
Judge O’Brien remanded Mr McDonnell on continuing bail.
The case is believed to be the first of its kind in this country, and it arises out of the sudden death of a woman in Co Limerick. Emergency services arrived at the house in Patrickswell after the alarm was raised at around 7.30 on the evening of the alleged incident. The 43-year-old woman was brought by ambulance to the Mid Western Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after 8pm.
State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy conducted a post mortem examination.
An Alsatian dog was taken from the house when gardai launched an investigation into her death, and the animal is currently under quarantine.