December 24, 2019
A security guard has been charged after nine cats were killed and seven others were seriously injured in the Brighton area.
Brighton Security Guard Charged Over Attacks That Killed And Injured 16 Cats
Steven Bouquet, 52, is charged with 16 counts of criminal damage over the alleged attacks carried out between October 2, 2018, and June 1, 2019.
Sussex Police said he was also charged with possessing a knife in public on June 2.
Bouquet, from the London Road area of Brighton, has been bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 23.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the criminal damage charges do not detract from the seriousness of the allegations.
South-east district prosecutor Sally Lakin said: “Following a spate of attacks on cats in the Brighton area, the CPS has authorised Sussex Police to charge Steven Bouquet with 16 charges of criminal damage, relating to attacks on 16 cats, nine of which were killed and seven were seriously injured.
“The allegations relate to incidents which took place between October 2, 2018, and June 1, 2019.
“This is a complex case and this decision was made following a careful review of all of the evidence presented to us.
“Criminal proceedings against this defendant are now active and he has a right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
Cats and other animals are considered as property under legislation and criminal damage can attract a heavier sentence than animal cruelty.
Last year a three-year investigation into a spate of cat killings in Croydon was brought to a close with Scotland Yard stating there was “no evidence that any of the cats had been killed by a human”.
Hundreds of cats are reported to have been mutilated across the south London borough since November 2015, prompting fears a serial killer was on the loose.
Some reported finding animals decapitated, while others had their tails docked.
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