A Jack Russell Terrier (top) and ‘Judge of the Day’ Hall of Famer Martin Nolan
One witness saw Liam Dowling (44) swing the Jack Russell dog overhead by its lead and smash it to the ground up to 30 times as he crossed a park area by Clonliffe College.
Garda Shane Mengessidis said that Dowling was also seen putting his foot on the dog’s head while it was on the ground and pulling the lead tight.
Judge Martin Nolan commented that “by any standard what happened to this poor dog was incredibly cruel”, but noted that Dowling had been on prescription drugs at the time.
He further noted that Dowling cares for a child and is a “contributing member of society”.
Previously: Martin Nolan on broadsheet