24 Jun Brighton cat killings trial hears accused Steve Bouquet was ‘acting odd’ near scene of stabbing | UK News
A man accused of fatally stabbing nine cats in Brighton was seen “acting really odd” near where one of the animals was attacked, his trial has heard.
Shopping centre security guard Steve Bouquet, 54, has denied 16 counts of criminal damage in relation to the cats, and one count of possession of a knife.
Between autumn 2018 and the start of summer 2019, 16 cats were stabbed in Brighton – nine did not survive while seven did.
The cats which passed away were called Hendrix, Tommy, Hannah, Alan, Nancy, Gizmo, Kyo, Ollie and Cosmo.
Chichester Crown Court heard on Thursday how Nancy’s owner tried in vain to help his stricken pet.
Jeff Carter told jurors how he found a pool of blood as he opened his front door, and followed the trail of liquid to find Nancy hiding under his bed.
Mr Carter said: “I saw that Nancy had a large wound on the right side of her body that was bleeding heavily.”
A witness told the court that a man later identified as Bouquet was seen acting in an odd way on the same road as where Nancy lived that day.
Nancy was treated by vet Jenny Hill who described how the cat went into a cardiac crash and was given CPR and put on a ventilator.
She said: “Unfortunately it became apparent that she would not survive with any quality of life so we made the decision to let her go.
“It’s my professional opinion that Nancy’s wound was caused by a malicious stabbing by a human using a sharp knife.”
The court heard how many of the animals’ owners were left with vet bills of thousands of pounds after their pets were attacked.
Jurors were told by witness Craig Neeld how he had been walking down the road Nancy lived on the day she was injured.
He spoke of how he was warned by a friend to look out for a “guy acting really odd”.
Mr Neeld told the court he saw a bald man “bending over and moving his arms” as if he was using a camera phone.
He added that it looked like the man was “up to no good” and so decided to film him.
Mr Neeld later identified Bouquet to the police as the man he had seen.
The trial continues.