Woman dies after having sex with dog
The woman had agreed via internet messages with the dog's owner to commit bestiality
COUNTY LIMERICK, Ireland — A man arranged for his dog to have sex with a woman after they met on an internet chat room, a court heard yesterday.
The woman - a 48-year-old separated mother from Co Limerick who was not named in court - died in hospital hours after engaging in an act of bestiality with the animal, gardai said.
Sean McDonnell, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of buggery with an animal at his home on October 7, 2008 - the first case of its kind in an Irish court.
Detective Garda Padraig O'Dwyer of Roxboro Road garda station accepted that while the woman and dog - a German Shepherd - engaged in an act of beastiality, no exact cause of death could be found.
Senior prosecutor Denis Vaughan Buckley told the court McDonnell rang the emergency services at 6.36pm on the evening in question from his house at Laurel Park, Patrickswell, Co Limerick.
He said: "The deceased had turned blue and was wearing unusual clothing." This, he added, included an opening in her pants.
At 6.50pm ambulance personnel, and a doctor, arrived at the house and found the woman, referred in court as XY, in an "unresponsive state".
The woman was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 8.20pm.
Detective Garda O'Dwyer said he accepted the woman had agreed, via internet communication with the accused, to have sex with the dog.
During a search of McDonnell's home, gardai discovered a computer, "which confirmed the accused's interest in beastiality".
Mr Vaughan Buckley said McDonnell had posted 3,500 comments on bestiality forums and his computer also revealed 1.5 billion search hits for bestiality.
He added that a computer belonging to the dead woman showed "extensive activity in pornography and beastiality websites".
A text message sent to the deceased's phone from McDonnell at 3.11pm read: "Just think nice naughty thoughts and all will be ok" while a message from the deceased's phone read: "I can't believe I'm actually going to do this."
The dog - which was destroyed last week with McDonnell's consent - was seized after her death.
Defence lawyer Isobella Kennedy said McDonnell had no direct involvement in the death of the woman who had "sought out" and "fully consented" to sex with the dog.
She added he had "lost his job, his family and friends" and had to leave the country due to publicity surrounding the case.
Sentencing was adjourned until December 14.
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