Men jailed over Cody case

Andrew Richard Stewart who admitted setting fire to a family's pet dog.

Andrew Richard Stewart who admitted setting fire to a family's pet dog.

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A Maghaberry man who set fire to a dog has been jailed for 10 months. Cody, a three-year-old collie, had to be put down after being doused in accelerant and set alight in 2012.

Andrew Richard Stewart, 23, from Wellington Parks in the village will also spend 10 months on licence. He had admitted animal cruelty.

His co-accused, Jamie Downey, 23, from Chestnut Hill Avenue, Maghaberry, will serve six months in jail for perverting the course of justice.

The attack happened in August 2012 in a quarry near Maghaberry village.

The jail terms are the first custodial sentences to be imposed in Northern Ireland under animal cruelty legislation that came into effect in 2011.

Stewart was also banned from owning or keeping any animal for 30 years.

He was ordered to pay Cody’s owners compensation of £2,600.