Woman, 29, accused of having sex with Rottweiler dog at her home to stand trial

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A woman will face trial after being accused of having sex with a Rottweiler dog.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of a single offence that allegedly happened at her home address in Dublin on a date in December 2019.

It would be contrary to Ireland's Section 61 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act if proven.

The charge states it is alleged she committed an act of buggery with an animal, a mixed breed dog, which was part Rottweiler, the Irish Mirror reports.

Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were obtained and within the last month, she was charged.

She was granted station bail and the case had its first listing at the district court on Thursday, June 17.

The woman did not have to attend the hearing due to Covid-19 restrictions in court, but she had instructed a solicitor to be in court.

Evidence of her arrest and reply to the charge was furnished to the court in a document. None of the facts about the allegation were given during the brief hearing.

Judge Treasa Kelly was told the DPP has directed trial on indictment. This means the case is to be sent to the circuit court which has wider sentencing powers.

The judge adjourned the case until a date in September for the prosecution to complete the book of evidence which must be served on the accused before she can be returned for trial.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier consented to the State having extra time to complete the book of evidence.

Mr Collier also applied for reporting restrictions to be imposed.

He conceded that his client was not necessarily entitled to that protection, but, he contended, the publication of her name could bring about difficulties.

The nature of the charge and the "revulsion" it might receive from media attention may affect future proceedings, he argued. He submitted that this could be prejudicial to her right to a fair trial.

Although there was no legislative provision, the court had the discretion to impose reporting restrictions, the solicitor said.

He cited High Court and Supreme Court rulings setting out how courts had common law jurisdiction to impose reporting restrictions where there was no legislation provided in the act, under which a prosecution was brought.

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