Donkeys

Man jailed for killing pet donkey.

Evening Herald, 11/3/1998

23 year old Alan Carmichael of Castleview, Streamstown, Malahide was jailed for two years today for the horrific killing of a 32 year old female donkey. The court heard yesterday how Carmichael had beaten the animal with a steel fencing post before driving the iron bar through the animals’ eye and head.



Activists campaign after donkey dies

Irish Times, January 04/01/2012

Animal lovers have started a campaign to erect a statue in memory of a donkey starved to death in Co Donegal. It was found starving and wasting away in a bed of mud in sheds beside Fanad Lighthouse last Friday.

  Members of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary rescued the terrified animal but it died a short time later at the sanctuary in Raphoe.  The group also wants to gather as many signatures as possible calling for effective measures to stop this kind of cruelty once and for all.  The petition will be taken by donkey and cart and delivered to Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney at Leinster House.



Cage this beast for 20 years

News of the World, 25/07/1999

Animal killer Allen Carmichael should have been sent to prison for 20 years instead of two this week for the horrific slaughter of a defenceless donkey.

  Lout Carmichael was full of booze and drugs when viciously attacked Salt, a 32-year-old female donkey, near his home in Streamstown, Malahide, Dublin.

  Salt had been in very good health and condition and was sharing a field with her companion Pepper. They were both tourist attractions and were much loved by children in the Malahide area.

  Carmichael, 22, went after Salt and beat her about the head and body with an iron bar. When Salt lay dying on the ground and jerking with shock Carmichael consummated his evil and drove the iron bar through her skull.

  When Salt was found she was lying dead with the iron bar protruding from her head.


Leniency

What an awful sight. What a horrifically evil act. What kind of an “animal” is Allen Carmichael, we must surely ask?

  Judge O’Connor at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was absolutely right to imprison him. But I cannot understand the leniency of the sentence.

  In my opinion, Carmichael should have been sent to prison for a minimum of 20 years and be made to the whole of it.

  The killing of a human being is far worse than the killing of an animal, of course. Better that 20 Salts should die than someone like poor Sergeant Callanan, who was viciously killed in Tallaght this week.

  But animals are so utterly defenceless. They depend on us for everything – for their food and water and shelter and even for a bit of care, love and affection.

  Donkeys are particularly lovable. They are beasts of burden and over the years, especially here in Ireland, have played their part in keeping families and small farms going.

  I can remember as a child in Offaly going to town with my granny and granddad on the ass and car.

  Salt and Pepper were two special donkeys. They had reached old age. They had given pleasure to people and children all their lives.

  They were still giving pleasure when loutish, boozy, druggy Carmichael decided to play God (or Satan) and deprive Salt of life and Pepper of a companion. If we as a society do not protect our animals they have no hope.

  The Bible tells us that one of man’s primary vocation is the protection of animals. Donkeys have a very special place in God’s creation. They have a cross on their backs, legend tells us, in memory of the time a donkey carried Jesus into Jerusalem.

  I cannot understand how Carmichael can live with himself after what he has done. To me Salt was a creature of beauty and dignity who never hurt anybody or anything.

  Carmichael is the beast. May God forgive him. I’m glad he is not a relative of mine.



Donkey brute is free

Star, 30/07/1999

A man who battered a donkey before shoving an iron bar through her head walked free yesterday.

  Allen Carmichael – who was jailed for the cruel killing – was granted bail pending an appeal against his two year sentence.

  He was released under his own bond of £200.

  Counsel for Carmichael (22) of Castleview, Streamtown, Malahide, Dublin argued that the sentence was excessive.

  Defence barrister Mr Feral Foley BL said it was clear the defendant had very strong character references.

  These supported the proposition that there was some possibility the appeal court would decide there should not be a custodial sentence.


Carrying

Ms Isobel Kennedy BL, for the DPP, opposed bail due to the fact that it was a serious offence carrying a maximum jail term of 10 years.

  Appeal Court presiding judge, Mr Justice Barron, described the crime as “really horrific”.

  But he said the decision to grant bail did not infer that the court would commute the sentence when the appeal came for hearing.

  Earlier this month, Carmichael pleaded guilty before Dublin Circuit Court to unlawfully and maliciously killing a 32-year-old donkey called Salt who was much love by Malahide children.

  Sentencing Carmichael. Judge Kieran O’Connor described the offence as a “brutal, savage, senseless assault on a dumb animal brought on by a combination of drink and drugs”.

  The brute was with two friends when he attacked the defenceless donkey, beating her to the ground with an iron bar.


Tragic

Carmichael then shoved it into tragic Salt’s eye.

  His two friends immediately went to the police and when Carmichael’s father was told, he brought his son to the Garda station where a full statement was made.



Donkey killer is released on bail

Evening Herald, 29/07/1999

The Dublin man jailed for two years for maliciously killing a donkey and driving an iron bar through the animal’s eye and skull was released on his own bail of £200 by the Court of Criminal Appeal today.

  Allen Carmichael (22) an apprentice electrician of Castleview, Streamsotown, Malahide, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Court to unlawfully and maliciously killing the 32 year-old female donkey at Malahide on May 30, 1998.

  The case being made on Carmichael’s behalf was that he would serve a sentence which would affect his whole life.  However, Mr Justice Barton said that the decision to grant bail was not open to the inference that the court would commune the sentence when the appeal came on hearing.

  He ordered that the appeal be listed for hearing as soon as possible.

  Ms Isobel Kennedy BL for the DPP opposed bail. This had been a very serious offence and the sentence imposed was not excessive.



Gardai question trio over killing of donkey

Irish Independent, 03/06/1998

Three men have been questioned by gardai about the brutal slaying of a donkey in Malahide last weekend.  An iron bar taken from a fence was cruelly driven through the animal’s eye and forced through the skull into her brain.

  Two men, aged 23 and 21, voluntarily called to Malahide garda station on Monday night to say they had been present at the killing. They said they had been horrified by what had happened and could not sleep.  Later a third man, a 22-year-old, who gardai believe carried out the killing, was questioned.

  All three are from the Malahide area. Gardai believe they were walking home from a pub and decided to see if they could ride the donkey.  When the donkey resisted, the assault took place. The men, two of whom are students, were not detained but a file is to be forwarded to the DPP.

  Gardai are not seeking anyone else in relation t the killing.

Local people have been shocked by the killing of the donkey Salt.



Donkey slaying: three quizzed

Evening Herald, 02/06/1998

Three young men were today questioned by detectives investigating the sadistic killing of a donkey in Dublin.  The barbaric slaying of the donkey in Malahide, Co. Dublin, last weekend drew nationwide outrage.

  But gardai confirmed today that three young men in their early 20s made statements in connection with the killing.


Locals

Two arrived voluntarily at Malahide station and a third tuned up by arrangement, gardai said.  A garda spokesman said: “We are not looking for anyone else.”

All three are locals. A file is being prepared for the DPP.  An iron bar was rammed through an eye of Salt, a white 36-year-old pet donkey, and forced into her brain.




Donkey charge man in court

Evening Herald, 06/10/1998

A Malahide man, charged with the horror killing of a pet donkey, is to go on trial in the Dublin Circuit Court.

  In Swords District Court today, Judge Sean Delap told Allen Carmichael (22), of Castleview, Streamstown, Malahide, that the Director of Public Prosecutions had elected for trial in the circuit court.

  Carmichael is charged with the unlawful killing of a donkey on May 30, 1998 at The Casino, Dublin Road, Malahide. He is also charged with damaging the pet donkey, property of John Gilbert Kirker and Patrick Barrett, the Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork.

  Carmichael is also charged with cruelly ill-treating and beating the donkey.

  At a previous hearing, Carmichael pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him.

Judge Delap remanded the case to Swords District Court on November 17 next and ordered that a book of evidence be prepared for the defendant.



Thugs brutalise and kill seaside community pet in savage act

They slaughter donkeys, don’t they?...

Irish Independent, 01/06/1998

A much-loved pet donkey enjoyed by Malahide children for more than 20 years was savagely killed in a brutal and senseless attack over the weekend.

  An iron bar taken from a fence was cruelly and callously driven through an eye of the 36-year-old animal and forced through the skull into her brain.  She had been beaten about the head with bar before the final assault took place.  The donkey was one of a pair – one white and one brown – known as “Salt and Pepper” which could be seen from the road.  She belonged to Dr John Kirker and his wife Elizabeth who live in a thatched residence on the Dublin Road, Malahide, close to the village.

  One or more intruders went into the meadow where the donkeys were kept and carried out the assault either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.  Salt was found with Pepper standing over her at 8am on Saturday morning by a workman. She was last seen alive the previous evening about 9pm by Mrs Kirker.

  A thorough investigation into the death is being carried out by Malahide gardai.

  The couple said yesterday they were horrified by what had happened.

  Pepper was yesterday taken to a donkey sanctuary in Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork for protection as the Kirkers became worried about his safety after the attack.  A normally quiet donkey, Pepper continually went back to the place where the killing occurred and brayed and roared until he was moved to the sanctuary.

  The Kirkers bought Salt from travellers in 1976 and she had been an object of affection and curiosity for children in Malahide ever since.  So many families used to come and feed the donkeys with apples and carrots that the Kirkers last year had put up a “no feeding” sign because they were becoming overweight.  Tourists used to stop to photograph the donkeys in front of the Kirkers thatched residence – one of the oldest homes in Malahide.

  “It’s deplorable what has happened. These donkeys were a symbol of goodwill and happiness and gave pleasure to generations of children,” said Dr Kirker, a semiretired neurologist.

  “Seeing the animal destroyed in this way can be seen as depriving so many people of pleasant memories they have had,” he said.

  “If someone can be capable of doing that you worry that they must be capable of carrying out more violence and no-one wants to see more violence c carried out. Ex4treme force would have been used to drive in the object because it was not sharp.”

Clem Ryan, chief welfare officer with the Donkey Sanctuary in Mallow, said: “This is the worst attack on a donkey I have ever heard of. It was a crazy thing to carry out.”

The sanctuary has taken in 1,500 donkeys in ten years. It currently has 450 donkeys being cared for by families around the country and 300 at Mallow.



Gardai question trio over killing of donkey

Irish Independent, 03/06/1998

Three men have been questioned by gardai about the brutal slaying of a donkey in Makahide last weekend.  An iron bar taken from a fence was cruelly driven through the animal’s eye and forced through the skull into her brain.

  Two men, aged 23 and 21, voluntarily called to Malahide garda station on Monday night to say they had been present at the killing. They said they had been horrified by what had happened and could not sleep.  Later a third man, a 22-year-old, who gardai believe carried out the killing, was questioned.  All three are from the Malahide area. Gardai believe they were walking home from a pub and decided to see if they could ride the donkey.

  When the donkey resisted, the assault took place. The men, two of whom are students, were not detained but a file is to be forwarded to the DPP.  Gardai are not seeking anyone else in relation to the killing.

Local people have been shocked by the killing of the donkey Salt.