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Last Updated: Monday, 19 April, 2004, 18:04 GMT 19:04 UK
Man jailed for throwing dog
CCTV footage of the incident
CCTV footage of the incident showed White throwing the dog
A man has been jailed for throwing a cocker spaniel dog over Londonderry's city walls.

Martin White, 19, of John Street in the city, was sentenced to 11 months imprisonment on Monday for a number of offences including ill treatment of an animal.

He was filmed on CCTV cameras on 15 August last year, having an argument with a woman who was walking a dog at Magazine Gate in the city.

He picked up the dog and threw it over the city walls, dropping up to 25 feet on the other side.

A police inspector told the court that when White was questioned about the incident, he replied: "I was drunk and being stupid. I did not mean to hurt the dog."

The dog, named Patch, managed to escape without any broken bones and has made a complete recovery.

Resident Magistrate Barney McElholm handed down the maximum three-month sentence for ill treatment of an animal.

Patch, the cocker spaniel
The cocker spaniel, named Patch, has since made a full recovery
Mr McElholm described it as "a ludicrously low sentence".

He has called for a review of the length of sentences that can be handed out for cases involving animal cruelty.

White was sentenced to a total of 11 months, for offences including ill treatment of an animal, criminal damage and disorderly behaviour and assaults on police officers.




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BBC NI's Paul McCauley reports
"Luckily, the dog survived without any broken bones and has made a complete recovery"




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