Suspended Sentence in Limerick Bestiality Case

  • 26 December 2012

A Limerick man has received a suspended sentence for his part in a bestiality case that resulted in the death of a woman.

Sean McDonnell, 58, pleaded guilty to buggery of an animal at his house in 2008. On the evening in question, a woman that McDonnell met on a bestiality forum also came to the house to have sex with the dog. She later died in hospital.

Judge Moran suspended the three year sentence on condition that McDonnell continues to receive counselling in the UK, where he now lives. Despite the “disgusting” and “socially repugnant” nature of the case, Moran said that a custodial sentence would be of little benefit as McDonnell had already endured massive media attention, lost his job and been forced to emigrate.

The judge described as “shocking” the discovery that McDonnell’s computer showed over 1.5 million hits to pornography websites in five months. However he added that “the woman herself was the principal offender and a willing participant, and her death was not anticipated.”

The father of three, whose daughter greeted him at court, has already had his name added to the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

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