A LIMERICK man is due to appear in court again later this week on charges relating to an alleged incident following which a woman died in Patrickswell almost three years ago.
Sean McDonnell, 57, with an address at Churchill Meadows, Raheen, is charged with buggery contrary to section 61 of the Offences Against The Person Act 1861.
It is alleged that Mr McDonnell used his Alsatian dog to commit the act on the woman at a house in Patrickswell on October 7, 2008.
The case is believed to be the first of its kind in this country.
Emergency services arrived at the house in Patrickswell 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 at the Dooradoyle hospital.
As part of garda enquiries, an Alsatian dog was taken from the house and is currently under quarantine.
Following a garda investigation, the accused man, Mr McDonnell, was charged with buggery and appeared before Limerick District Court last week.
The 57-year-old is due before the court again on July 14 next for the service of the book of evidence.
He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if he is found guilty of the offence.