A COLERAINE man is alleged to have threatened to put a hatchet in a dog's head and put the body in his ex-partner's front garden.
Dean McAfee (27), with an address listed as Hanover Place, is charged in relation to March 21 this year.
He appeared via video link from custody at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.
The defendant is charged with threatening to injure the dog 'and the offence is aggravated by reason of involving domestic abuse'; breaching a Non-Molestation Order in Coleraine; and possession of herbal cannabis.
A charge of stealing the dog was withdrawn, Court News NI can report.
Objecting to bail, a police officer said that at 9.30pm on March 21 the defendant's ex-partner alleged McAfee came to her home address and "stole" the Staffordshire Bull Terrier from her back garden.
A Non-Molestation Order was in place.
The officer said whilst police were taking a statement from the woman the defendant phoned to say he had the dog "and he would put a hatchet in its head and put the dog's body in her front garden".
The officer said the comments were overheard by police.
The officer added: "Whilst police were about to leave that location, the reporting person ran out to inform police that the defendant had returned and police located the defendant inside the reporting person's home address and the dog was returned unharmed".
A defence lawyer said the dog was owned by both the defendant and his ex-partner.
Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne said: "I'm satisfied he only returned the dog because he realised the police were there and brought it back.
"Thinking that there was nobody else there he was the big man over the phone and threatened to destroy the family pet, having gone to the house initially".
He said the defendant was either "incapable or unwilling" to abide by bail conditions and the judge said he was satisfied there was a real risk of further offences.
"I think he is a liability," the judge added.
Bail was refused and the case was adjourned to April 11.
- Main picture: Generic image of a hatchet.