Man charged over prison dog attack


A north Belfast man has been charged with causing suffering to a prison dog.

As well as being charged with causing unnecessary suffering to the Alsatian dog on April 23 last year, 34-year-old William John Mulholland was also accused of assaulting a prison officer and possessing a weapon, namely a ceramic cup, with intent to cause the officer grievous bodily harm.

Alongside Mulholland in the dock at Lisburn Magistrate’s Court today was 46-year-old James Jelley who was charged with arson inside the recreation room at Maghaberry prison and causing criminal damage to a TV, pool table and telephone on the same date.

No facts of the case were opened today but previous courts have heard claims the charges arose during disturbances inside Ulster’s high security prison when items were set on fire and Mulholland allegedly threw a cup of tea at the dog and his handler.

Mulholland, from Mount Vernon Gardens, and Jelley, whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry, were told they could comment on the charges but they opted to remain silent.

Although the pair were granted bail of £500, both were returned to custody on other matters.

They are due to appear at Craigavon Crown Court on September 1 for arraignment.