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Who is Steven Bouquet?
A man accused of killing nine cats was caught on closed-circuit television set up by one of his previous victims, a court heard.
Steven Bouquet, 54, was seen stroking a nine-month-old kitten before pulling something out of his backpack and stabbing him, the jury was told.
He is also alleged to have injured seven cats in attacks in Brighton between October 2018 and June 2019.
Bouquet has previously denied 16 counts of criminal damage and one count of possession of a knife.
The security guard at the shopping center, in the London Road area of Brighton, did not attend his trial at Chichester Crown Court, which began in his absence.
Prosecutor Rowan Jenkins told the jury that for months several cat owners found their pets stabbed and only seven were saved.
How old is Steven Bouquet?
He is 54 year old.
He said that by targeting pets, the perpetrator caused not only “suffering to the animals themselves” but also “understandable trauma to the owners” both emotionally and financially.
The wounds were “sharp and clean” and were caused by a sharp item, such as a knife, he added.
On May 31, 2019, Stewart Montgomery and his partner Agatha were at home when their nine-month-old black kitten, Hendrix, came in bleeding profusely, jurors said.
The wound, a single knife wound pierced from side to side, was too severe and the vet was unable to save him.
When he got home, Mr. Montgomery noticed a blood trail and a CCTV camera nearby.
The camera had been installed by a neighbor whose own cat was stabbed and killed the previous year, the court heard.
The images obtained appear to show Mr. Bouquet stroking the cat and pulling something out of his backpack before making a “sudden jerk” with his arm, the prosecutor said.
Arrested and Charged
Bouquet was arrested in June and charged in December of last year.
Ravi Dogra, in defense, asked the judge to maintain the same bail conditions for Bouquet.
Rowan Jenkins, the prosecutor, told the court that the trial would likely last two weeks and Judge Paul Tain released Bouquet for trial on Monday, September 14.
In 2014, reports surfaced that a ‘Croydon cat killer’ was on the loose, but it was later ruled out when Scotland Yard discovered that foxes were to blame.
The force launched an investigation called Operation Takahe in 2015, which looked at the mutilation of more than 250 cats.
At that time, autopsies were performed on the animals, which had been found without the head and tail.
But forensic examinations, DNA tests and the CCTV study led police to believe that the attacks were carried out by foxes and not humans.
After Mr. Bouquet was arrested, officers searched his home and found a knife in the kitchen.
His DNA was found on the handle, and DNA from a domestic cat was found on the blade, the court heard.
The trial continues.
Steve Bouquet Quicks and Facts
- Steve Bouquet allegedly stabbed pets to death in street in middle of the night
- Family pets across Brighton suffered catastrophic injuries between 2018-2019
- Security guard Bouquet, 53, denied 16 offences of criminal damage against cats