A WOMAN has denied animal cruelty including throwing a dog into a bin. 

Alanna Knight, of Rose Avenue, Worcester, will now face two trials after denying a number of offences.

The 22-year-old denied an offence of being a responsible person failing to prevent the causing of unnecessary suffering to an animal; two charges of criminal damage; racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress - words/writing and assault by beating. 

The unnecessary suffering to an animal charges alleges Knight was: "The person responsible for an animal, namely dog, an act, namely throwing the dog into the bin and hitting and kicking it, committed by Knight caused that animal to suffer."

Worcester News: COURT: Alanna Knight outside Worcester Magistrates CourtCOURT: Alanna Knight outside Worcester Magistrates Court (Image: Sam Greenway/Newsquest)

The offence is alleged to have taken place on July 2 last year.

The crown alleges Knight committed the racially aggravated public order offence on that same day. 

It is alleged on July 1 Knight destroyed multiple pint glasses and a vehicle windscreen worth £213 in the criminal damage offences.

And on July 1 the defendant is alleged to have committed the assault.

All the offences are alleged to have taken place in Worcester.

At Worcester Magistrates Court, Dr Carys Clarke, chairperson of the bench, told Knight that the trial for the racially aggravated public order offence would take place on April 29 at the court. 

The chairperson said the trials for the other four charges would take place on May 16 also at Worcester Magistrates Court.

Knight was given unconditional bail.

The chairperson warned Knight if she committed an offence while on bail it would be looked at more seriously.

Knight was also told if she failed to turn up for the trials she risked them going ahead in her absence, and she wouldn't be able to give evidence. 

Lauren Millichip, prosecuted while Sarah Brady appeared for the defence during the hearing in Courtroom 1 on Thursday, (February 1).