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Arrest warrant issued for Irish banker accused of torturing cat

Declan Garrity
Declan Garrity

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an Irish banker who is accused of viciously torturing his roommate’s pet cat.

Declan Garrity was due to appear in court in Manhattan on animal cruelty charges, but it has since emerged that he has left the US.

Garrity is alleged to have ripped out Lucy the cat’s claws, broken bones in her face, pelvis and legs and is said to have burnt her.

He reportedly lost his job with Barclays Bank following his arrest and has since left the country.

Garrity, who is originally from Co Tyrone, is also charged with criminal contempt after he returned to the apartment to collect his belongings without a police escort, as ordered by the court.

At the hearing on Tuesday, Justice James Burke ordered a bench warrant to be issued for Garrity and revoked his $5,000 bail.

His lawyer Telesforo Del Valle told the court that his client left the country after losing his work visa, because he would be in the US illegally otherwise.