#TheList Kyle Keegan, born c. 1994, of 7 Gilpins Manor, Lurgan BT66 8AG – filmed himself bludgeoning a 12-week-old puppy to death with a hammer; broadcast the killing on social media
In a case that has dragged on for several months puppy killer Kyle Keegan finally confessed to his evil crime on 4 June 2019.
He has been bailed to appear for sentencing on 4 July.
The court heard how the bloodied remains of the 12-week-old pup, named Sparky, were uncovered in a bin in the Ailsbury Park area of Lurgan after a house party. An initial postmortem on the pup’s remains revealed how she had sustained a number of fractures as well as severe brain trauma.
At one stage there had also been allegations that Sparky’s body had been put into a microwave and tissue samples were sent to Scotland for expert analysis but to date, no evidence of that has been forthcoming.
Previous courts have also heard how police conducted enquiries with social media outlets after the incident was broadcast online.
District Judge Bernie Kelly revealed how she had been sent a photograph of the incident which claimed the life of Sparky the dog.
The judge said: “I’m shocked I’m going to say this but [it was done] for someone’s entertainment.”
“I have been in this post for more than 35 years and I have never in my life come across something as cruel as what’s alleged in this case,” declared Judge Kelly.
Sentencing: to follow on 4 July 2019.