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Dog cruelty trial man dies

PUBLISHED: 16:38 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

A MAN accused of abusing his dog died of a drug overdose before he could be prosecuted in court. Nikki Hedley, 32, of Beaconsfield Road, Mottingham, was due to appear at Bromley Magistrates Court last Wednesday but died two days before Christmas. RSPCA

A MAN accused of abusing his dog died of a drug overdose before he could be prosecuted in court.

Nikki Hedley, 32, of Beaconsfield Road, Mottingham, was due to appear at Bromley Magistrates Court last Wednesday but died two days before Christmas.

RSPCA inspector Sonya Gray was due to produce evidence to show that Mr Hedley had kicked and punched his dog in Castlecombe Road, Mottingham, on July 26 last year.

RSPCA officer Klare Kennett said the tan and white husky-Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross stands a good chance of being rehomed.

She added: "Nobody from the family came forward so we will now find him a home.

"Unfortunately this kind of thing is quite common at the moment. We take about one case a week like this to the courts in the South East region."

Mr Hedley was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

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