A British court imposed a prison sentence of 5 years and 3 months on a man who killed 9 cats in a few months in Brighton, sowing fear in the hearts of the owners of the kittens in this coastal city in southern England, and Steve Bucky, a security officer (54 years), appeared in court. Charged with killing 9 cats and harming 7 others between October 2018 and July 2019, as well as possessing a white weapon, in contravention of the law.
Bucky pleaded not guilty to the charges. During the trial at Hove Crown Court near Brighton, owners of the murdered pets recounted their anguish when their bloody cats were found at the entrances to their homes. Bucky denied any connection to the killings he had heard about in the news, he said, but a picture of a dead cat was found in his mobile phone.
For months, mystery remained surrounding these killings, which were carried out especially at night, before the perpetrator was identified thanks to a surveillance camera used by one of the victims’ owners. Bucky’s motives remain a mystery.
In 2015, reports of cat mutilation in Croydon, south of London, sparked a wave of panic in the British capital. And Scotland Yard opened an investigation in this regard, which concluded, after 3 years and 400 cases, to point the finger at foxes that one might encounter even in central London.