East London double cat killer banned from keeping animals for five years

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A man who killed his wife’s cat on Christmas Day last year and then their neighbour’s cat a few hours later has been banned from owning pets for five years.

Teaching assistant Ade Akere, 35, strangled Louis at his home in Ilford before stabbing him and putting him in a bucket of paint. He left the bucket outside a nearby school.

In the early hours of Boxing Day, Akere borrowed Tom, his neighbour’s four-year-old cat, so he could play with Louis. Once in his house he also killed Tom and decapitated him with a kitchen knife.

Shortly afterwards his wife alerted the police who recovered the bodies of both animals. In interviews Akere claimed he had carried out the killings because he thought cats were evil.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and banned from owning or looking after animals for five years at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday, 21 March) after pleading guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and for possession of cannabis. He failed to turn up to an earlier sentencing hearing and also pleaded guilty to failure to surrender.

Simon Stanyer, from the CPS, said: "Ade Akere viciously attacked two defenceless animals over the course of a few hours.

"The strength of the evidence against him meant that he had no choice but to plead guilty.

"The owners of the pets were understandably distressed by these attacks but I hope they will be able to take some comfort from the fact that Akere will not be able to own a pet anytime in the near future."

Notes to editors

  • Ade Akere [DOB: 10/02/1983] now living in Newham pleaded guilty to:
    • two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
    • one count of possession of a class B drug (cannabis)
    • one count of failing to surrender at the appointed time
  • He was also ordered to complete a 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, pay £100 in compensation to each victim and a restraining order not to contact either cat owner for three years was imposed
  • Simon Stanyer is a District Crown Prosecutor at CPS London North

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