Court rules Jake O’Dell not guilty of burning Sammie

Jake O’Dell, 25, was found not guilty of dousing Sammie — a female staffordshire bull terrier cross — in petrol and setting it alight because evidence suggests his cousin, Ben Rainey, also had the opportunity to do it.

Mr O’Dell did not appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court for the decision today.

Magistrate Fred Field found either Mr O’Dell or Mr Rainey, who were neighbours of Sammie’s owner Alice McDonnell, could have attacked Sammie at her West Croydon home in August 2009 — via

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