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Henney is the son of a well-known criminal from the north inner city.


Josh Henney

Josh Henney

Josh Henney

THIS is the Dublin teen who killed a dog by kicking it so hard it went above the head of their owner.

Josh Henney (19), who father was injured in a gangland shooting in Spain a number of years ago, twice kicked the dog in their underbelly while their owner was speaking with his mother.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the dog, who was a cross between a Jack Russell Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier, was named Sam and was approximately 10 months old at the time.

Henney of North William Street, Dublin City centre, pleaded guilty to killing a protected animal at his address on March 23, 2020.

He has 36 previous convictions and is currently serving a sentence of two years with the final six months suspended for an offence of violent disorder.

Henney, who uses his mother’s surname, is the son of a well-known criminal from the north inner city.

His father, who cannot be named as he is currently before the courts, was shot in Spain by a masked gunman in front of Henney a number of years ago.

Henney’s grandfather was stabbed to death 30 years ago while his uncle was paralysed after being shot in a Dublin pub 15 years ago.

Henney will be sentenced in October for killing the dog.

Garda Adam McGrane told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question, the injured party was on North William Street with her dog and was speaking with the accused's man's mother.

Gda McGrane said the accused was having an argument with his mother and was shouting from a window. Henney then came out of the flat and told the injured party to “f**k off out of here and mind your own business”.

The garda said Henney told the woman that he would “f****ng kill your dog”.

Henney then took a run up of around two metres and kicked the dog in their underbelly. The dog was kicked so hard it went above the head their owner.

Henney walked away, then took a second run at the dog and kicked the dog again in their underbelly.

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The dog's breathing was laboured following the second kick and saliva with blood was coming from their mouth.

The dog, which could not walk or drink, was carried by their owner to a veterinary practise and was still alive upon arrival. The dog was put under anaesthetic, but died while undergoing treatment.

The court heard that Dr Alan Wolfe, who performed the autopsy on the dog, found multiple fractures and fissures to the dog's liver.

Dr Wolfe found all of the injuries were consistent with the dog dying of blood loss due to acute trauma.

Mr Hayes told the court that the injured party in the case has no children and told gardaí that the dog was like family to her and went with her wherever she went.

Gda McGrane agreed with Cathal McGreal BL, defending, that his client told gardaí he had lost his temper and did not really remember what happened.

He agreed the accused told gardaí he had not been able to sleep remembering the dog screaming and wished to apologise for what he did.

Mr McGreal said his client very much regrets what he did. He said his client claims he never told the victim that he would kill the dog.

Counsel said his client's father was shot in front of him in Spain when he was a child.

He said that his client told a psychologist that the offence was a “horrible thing to do” and that he wants to get help so he does not do anything like that again.

Mr McGreal said his client's mother smoked heroin and his client caught her doing so as a child. He said the presence of the injured party was a “triggering factor” and that there was “a heroin taking relationship going on”.

Counsel said there is no gainsaying that what his client did he is sorry for and it haunts him.

Judge Melanie Greally said she does envisage extending Henney's stay in prison due to the “despicable nature” of the offence. She said she can accept the offence was committed out of anger and he did not intend to kill the dog.

Henney was jailed for 18 months last December after he repeatedly punched a man who had stolen a greeting card from a local shop.

The victim Christopher Palmer was a drug addict who died of a drug overdose five days after the attack. His death was not linked to the assault.

CCTV of the attack showed Henney pushing Mr Palmer back into the shop with the front wheel of his bike, before he punched him repeatedly to the head, dragged him outside the shop and kicked him as he lay on the ground.

“It is without doubt disturbing viewing, demonstrating a thuggish brutality against a defenceless young man,” Judge Elma Sheahan said of the CCTV footage as she sentenced Henney.

She noted Mr Palmer was “helpless on the floor” during the “despicable and unprovoked” attack as Henney continued to punch and kick him.

She noted Henney returned to the scene more than once when Mr Palmer was lying on the ground “to inflict further savage assaults”.

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