Accused Demon Leron Nicholls (left) in the company of his mother and co-accused Leron Alexander Bennett (right) in the custody of a lawman after they were remanded yesterday. (Picture by Xtra Vision Photography)
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Three men and a teenaged boy accused of beating a puppy to death and then assaulting its middle-aged owner appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
And while two, including the teenager, were allowed to go home on the bail, the other two were remanded to HMP Dodds for 28 days.
Leron Alexander Bennett, 23, and 16-year-old student Vijay Jeovanni Vaughn, both of Quarry Road, Bank Hall, St Michael, along with Tevin Collin Kirby, 24, of Waterhall Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael, and Demon Leron Nicholls, 33, of Spring Farm, St Thomas, were jointly charged with wantonly and cruelly beating an animal – a Rottweiler puppy called “Rocky” – on December 30 last year and assaulting owner David Massiah, 53, occasioning him actual bodily harm on the same date. They pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The four allegedly struck the puppy’s head on the rim of a bucket before hitting its head on the ground. The complainant, the court heard, allegedly suffered soft tissue injuries. (HLE)