Gaol for man who stabbed dog to death
A MAN has been gaoled for 14 months after pleading guilty to stabbing a pet dog to death in Bathurst.
Aaron James Casey, 28, of Bathurst, took photos of the dog on his mobile phone and showed them to two witnesses he threatened to kill if they went to police.
Casey has been sentenced in Bathurst Local Court for committing an act of aggravated cruelty on an animal, stealing a dog and stalking and intimidating with intent to cause physical or mental harm.
Police facts tendered to the court told how Casey was sitting in the front yard of his Stewart St home with a group of people, including a nine-year-old boy, who was playing with his pet dog, when the terrier wandered into Casey’s yard and growled.
Police alleged Casey picked up the terrier and punched it in the head several times before it ran away.
They said Casey went with the young boy to find the dog and, after locating it in Browning St, took it into a shed and stabbed it to death.
Casey, who was already in custody serving an eight-months’ gaol for driving while disqualified, was imprisoned for 14 months gaol with a non-parole period of six months.