A man who arranged for his dog to have sexual intercourse with a woman he met through an internet chat room has had his sentencing deferred.

The woman, a 43-year-old separated mother from Co Limerick, died in hospital several hours after allegedly having sex with the animal in the man's home.

Sean McDonnell, 58, with an address at Rathmore, Churchill Meadows, Raheen in Limerick, pleaded guilty to one count of buggery with an animal on 7 October 2008.

Limerick Circuit Court heard that although semen swabs taken from the dog were matched to DNA found on the woman's body, no exact cause of death could be confirmed.

Sentencing was deferred in the case to 14 December.