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July 11, 2018 17:47:11

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A courtroom has heard a person charged with animal cruelty was discovered standing in the midst of a most important highway in Adelaide lined in blood, holding the severed head of a canine in a single hand and a meat cleaver within the different.

James Alexander Rech, 19, was charged with unwell treating an animal, property harm and carrying an offensive weapon after police have been alerted to a disturbance at a house in Hampstead Gardens, in Adelaide’s north-east within the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Patrols have been referred to as to the house on North East Highway after studies of a disturbance.

Police discovered a mutilated brown Staffordshire bull terrier contained in the property.

Mr Rech, the house’s sole occupant, was arrested on the scene and detained beneath the Psychological Well being Act.

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In opposing his launch on bail, police prosecutor Manfred Wojtasik informed the courtroom a member of the general public discovered Mr Rech standing in the midst of North East Highway holding the top of the pet canine.

“They positioned the defendant standing on the street lined in blood holding the top of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in a single hand and a meat cleaver within the different and his clothes was lined in blood,” he stated.

The courtroom heard police have been confronted with a grotesque massacre inside the house the place they discovered dismembered elements of the canine’s physique.

Mr Wojtasik stated Mr Rech’s housemate — often called ‘Fry’ — owned the canine and had not been seen for the reason that incident.

The courtroom heard there have been issues amongst investigating police about his “obvious disappearance with no hint.”

“Police are but to ascertain whether or not all the blood has come from the dismembered animal or whether or not there might be blood from a human being on the scene,” he stated.

“He does not appear to have accessed any cash, buddies and acquaintances do not know the place he’s.”

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The courtroom additionally heard that it had been established that there “have been no points with [Mr Rech’s] psychological well being” and he was taken into custody by police.

Accused ‘discovered’ the canine, says defence lawyer

Mr Rech’s lawyer Stephen Ey informed the courtroom the fees are contested and that it was “a case of being on the fallacious place on the fallacious time”.

“He got here residence and located the window to the lavatory broken and the canine,” Mr Ey stated.

“He believes it was somebody who has come there to ship a threatening message to him and or Fry over an alleged debt.”

Mr Ey stated the disturbance reported to police was his consumer coming residence to the “massacre” and discovering the canine head and meat cleaver on a mattress.

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He stated canine bites police discovered on his consumer’s physique have been from a pal’s canine a day or so earlier than.

Chief Justice of the Peace Mary-Louise Hribal refused to grant Mr Rech bail as a result of seriousness of the allegations.

Mr Rech was remanded in custody to face courtroom once more subsequent week.

SA Police stated a second unhurt canine was additionally discovered on the residence and that it was now within the care of Port Adelaide Enfield Council.

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