Man to stand trial accused of stabbing dog to death



Richard Sinclair will stand trial on December 12

A MAN is to face trial for allegedly kicking and stabbing a dog to death.

Richard Sinclair, 41, denies attacking the dog, in November last year, causing it to be severely injured and eventually die.

At a hearing at Edinburgh sheriff court today, the court was told he would face trial on 12 December this year.

His defence agent Rachel Aedy said her client was maintaining his plea of not guilty, and lodged a special defence of incrimination.

Sinclair, of South Lorne Place in Edinburgh, is also accused of breach of the peace and having an offensive weapon in a public place.

He is alleged to have used a pole or similar weapon to strike a car with a 13-year-old child inside, causing a window to shatter into the car.

Prosecutors say that on November 6 last year inSouthhouse AvenueinEdinburghhe allegedly shouted at a man in car to get out of the vehicle.

They say he used a pole or similar instrument to open the car door.

This caused the driver to reverse out of a driveway, after which he hit the window of the car with the pole, prosecutors say.

The prosecution alleges this caused the window to shatter into the vehicle.

The charge sheet goes on to say he kicked and stabbed a dog, causing it ‘severe injury and ultimate death.’

He is also charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

All the offences are alleged to have taken place on November 6 2010.

He is also charged with failing to appear in court on October 7 this year.

The trial date was set by Sheriff James Scott after fiscal depute Ann McNeil moved to proceed to trial

Sinclair, wearing a black and blue jacket, showed no emotion throughout the proceedings, and spoke only to confirm his name.


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