Man has charge of causing 'unnecessary suffering' to police dog withdrawn

Man has charge of causing 'unnecessary suffering' to police dog withdrawn

A MAN who had been accused of causing 'unnecessary suffering' to a police dog has had the charge withdrawn by prosecutors.

David Robert Thompson (39), of Whincroft House, Southland Dale, Belfast, has pleaded guilty to other charges in relation to July 21 this year.

Charges admitted to include having a knuckle duster as an offensive weapon at Lisnevenagh Road, Antrim; failing to provide a specimen of blood to police; resisting a police officer; taking a Renault Traffic van without the consent of the owner; insurance and driving licence offences and having a defective tyre.

Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard the defendant had a previous record.

The case was adjourned to November 16.