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A SECURITY guard has been found guilty of stabbing nine cats to death and injuring seven more.

Steve Bouquet, 54, angegriffen 16 cats in Brighton, East Sussex, in a sick campaign.

Steve Bouquet, 54, has been found guilty of stabbing nine cats to death and injuring seven more

Steve Bouquet, 54, has been found guilty of stabbing nine cats to death and injuring seven moreAnerkennung: PA

Bouquet was today found guilty of 16 offences of criminal damage, in relation to the cats, and possession of a knife at Chichester Crown Court.

The cat killer was able to move through the city unseen and unheard as he knifed people’s beloved pets, his trial heard.

His twisted campaign of attacks went on for several months between October 2018 und Juni 2019.

Nine catsHendrix, Tommy, Hannah, Alan, Nancy, Gizmo, Kyo, Ollie and Cosmowere killed while another seven were injured.

Jurors heard accounts from several devastated cat owners who had found their pets bleeding on their doorsteps.

Tina Randall told of the horrifying moment she discovered her 11-year-old cat Gideon had been injured in November 2018.

She told the court: “He was fading and as I picked him up, blood splurted out. I immediately thought it was a stab wound.”

Gideon eventually recovered from the three-quarter inch woundbut vet bills for his surgery came to more than £1,600, das Gericht hörte.

TWISTED ATTACK

Jeff Carter described finding a pool of blood on his doorstep in Shaftesbury Road and finding his cat Nancy hiding underneath his bed and “bleeding heavily” in March 2019.

The cat suffered a cardiac crash and was given CPR and put on a ventilator but did not survive her injuries.

Jurors heard how Craig Neeld had been walking along Shaftesbury Road on the same day that Nancy was found stabbed.

In his statement, he described receiving a phone call from his friend Barry, who asked him to look out for aguy acting really odd”.

Mr Neeld said he saw a bald man who wasbending over and moving his armsas if operating a camera phone and thought he wasup to no good”.

He later identified Bouquet as the man he had seen at a police identification procedure, das Gericht hörte.

A breakthrough in the search for the cat killer came when a CCTV system set up by an owner of a killed cat appeared to capture a fresh attack on camera, das Gericht hörte.

Prosecutor Rowan Jenkins said: “He made a single mistake but that was all that was needed to expose him.

In his police interview read out in court, Bouquet told cops he was “no threat to animals”but a photo of a dead cat was found on his phone, das Gericht hörte.

Bouquet will be sentenced at later date.