Teen allegedly 'slit dog's throat'

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 12:16 27/01/2014

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Bail has been granted to a Christchurch teenager accused of ill-treating a dog by cutting its throat.

The 17-year-old, Jake Michael Didham, a painter, appeared before Judge Tony Couch in the Christchurch District Court today.

He entered no plea to the charge of ill-treating the dog by cutting its throat with a knife in an incident on Saturday.

Police said the dog was still with the veterinarian and they were unable to say whether it was still alive.

Didham was also charged with intentionally damaging a fence, and possession of a knife with an intention to use it to commit an offence involving bodily injury. He has not pleaded to those charges either.

Duty lawyer Clayton Williams asked for him to be remanded to February 17 to apply for legal aid.

He said Didham agreed to bail conditions that he lives at an address in Avonhead, has no contact with the complainant, and stays away from the Linwood address where the alleged incident occurred.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve Midgley also asked for a bail condition that Didham not own nor have any interest in an animal during the remand.

Judge Couch granted bail on all those conditions.

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