Man breached bail by going to ex-partner's Belfast address to look after 'beloved pet dog called Lilly'

Man breached bail by going to ex-partner's Belfast address to look after 'beloved pet dog called Lilly'

A MAN breached bail by being at his partner's address in Belfast but claimed he was there to look after a "beloved" pet dog called 'Lilly'.

Details emerged at Downpatrick Magistrates Court (main picture) on Monday where Ian Anyon (57), of Mill Street, Newtownards, appeared via video link from Laganside in Belfast.

A police officer objected to bail and said around 7.30pm on Saturday September 11 police were called to Carnet House.

She said the defendant was at the property in breach of bail which related to an alleged assault on his ex-partner earlier this year.

The officer said an ambulance had been called on September 11 after the woman had taken ill.

The court heard there was an "extensive domestic history" and the defendant had once "tried to set himself on fire whilst in her house".

Defence solicitor Jim McGinnis said the bail breach was accepted and the defendant apologised.

The lawyer said the circumstances were "quite extraordinary"

Mr McGinnis said Anyon received a call from a friend of his ex-partner - who had taken ill - and he was told he should come to the address to "take possession or custody of their seven-year-old dog 'Lilly'."

The lawyer said that in hindsight, Anyon accepts it was the wrong thing to do "but it is a beloved family pet" and he had "hot-footed it" to the scene and was in the process of retrieving the dog and was only there for a short time when spotted by police.

District Judge Amanda Brady said there were "unusual circumstances to retrieve a pet" when the woman "was being taken to hospital" and re-admitted the defendant to bail.

The case was adjourned to Newtownards Magistrates Court on October 1.