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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Irish banker 'tortured his roommate's cat over months', US police claim

Declan Garrity is accused of ripping out Lucy's nails
Declan Garrity is accused of ripping out Lucy's nails

An Irish financial analyst is facing trial in New York on charges of allegedly torturing his roommate's cat, named Lucy, for three months.

Declan Garrity (24), who is on a work visa, was arrested on Wednesday. He is accused of ripping out the cat's nails, breaking bones in her face, pelvis and legs and burning the animal since moving into the apartment in November.

Garrity had been working at Barclays' offices in New York since October 2014, according to his LinkedIn page.

"Barclays placed him on a leave of absence pending a thorough investigation," a spokesman for the company told CNBC.

The criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office states that "shortly after [Garrity] moved into the apartment, the individual observed Lucy's behaviour changing, including hiding in the individual's bedroom closet, not eating and constantly licking her paws".

The complaint also states that Garrity, from Omagh in Co Tyrone, told his roommate on January 25 that an iron had falled on the cat while he was at work. Last Saturday, the roommate claims that when he came home from work he found Lucy "hiding in her carrier [with] her rear foot facing in the wrong direction", and that she was damp and missing hair.

The roommate also saw paper towels on a bedroom unit with "cat hair and blood".

A vet examined the cat and found that she had suffered a dislocated and fractured bone in her leg, several broken ribs, broken teeth, burns across various areas of her body, as well as broken claws.

Cruelty

According to the complaint, Garrity told an officer with the NYPD's Special Victims Division that he was alone with the cat last Friday night and Saturday in the apartment.

He has been charged with "torturing and injuring animals" and two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Lucy's owner, who wished to stay anonymous, said: "It's nauseating.

"I've been disgusted with everything. I thought he was the best roommate I ever had. It's bizarre."

Garrity is due to appear in court again on Monday.

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