A man who has been jailed for killing a domestic cat may have played “a sinister part” in other animals’ deaths in recent years, police have said.
Stefan Wallace, 25, filmed himself torturing a cat with spray paint before killing it.
He had been arrested on 1 October for possessing a machete in a public place and made comments to officers about “butchering” a cat, the Metropolitan Police said.
Working with mental health professionals, police found the torture footage on a flash drive at Wallace’s home in Dagenham, east London.
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He was sentenced to six months in prison at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on 11 November for animal cruelty.
Wallace was also banned from owning, keeping, participating in keeping and dealing in animals for 10 years.
PC Tony Kiddle, of the East Area Command Wildlife Unit, said said he thought it “likely” Wallace was involved in other animal deaths.
“The footage found at Wallace’s address was disturbing in the extreme. During the filming, he removes his mask to adjust the camera, clearly confirming his identity,” he said.
“Given the vast number of ways that domestic pets, roaming freely, can come to harm, it would be difficult to put a number of the level of his offending.
“But, given the content of his home footage, I believe that it is likely that he has played a sinister part in the deaths of a number of animals in recent years.
“Wallace has exhibited horrifyingly cruel behaviour and it is reassuring to know that he has been removed to a place where he can cause no further harm to beloved pets.”
Anybody concerned about an animal’s welfare should contact the RSPCA.
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