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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Man jailed over fatal stabbing of cats in string of attacks

Steve Bouquet has been jailed for five years and three months following a string of attacks which he carried out on pets in Brighton, UK.

The 54-year-old security guard and Royal Navy gunner knifed cats to death during his killing spree which lasted between October 2018 and May 2019.

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During the spree, a total of nine cats were killed with another seven injured.

He was eventually caught by CCTV which was set up by an owner of one of the dead cats.

Last month, Bouquet was convicted of 16 offences of criminal damage in relation to the cats as well as possession of a knife.

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During the trial, jurors heard accounts from several of the cat owners who found their pets bleeding on their doorsteps.

One of the cat owners stated that she sold her home to “just get away”.

Defending Bouquet, Ravi Dogra told the court that his client had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer which has spread to his liver and lungs.

He also cited Bouquet’s lengthy service in the Royal Navy, which he joined at the age of 17.

Judge Jeremy Gold QC stated that Bouquet’s behaviour was cruel, sustained and that it “struck at the very heart of family life”.

He went on to say, “It is important that everyone understands that cats are domestic pets but they are more than that. They are effectively family members.”

Bouquet’s previous good character and military service was taken into consideration upon sentencing.

Jayne Cioffi, from the Crown Prosecution Service stated, “None of us can comprehend what drove Bouquet to do this to family pets. His claims that it was simply chance that he was present at various times when the animals were attacked were rightly dismissed by the jury after being disproved by the investigation and prosecution work.”

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