Yes, shocking though it is, a 25 year-old bearded man is in custody for allegedly hacking off the heads of two cats that he tracked down before doing exactly the same thing to an 82 year-old woman, Palmira Silva, who I will presume for the time being was the owner of the cats (but at this time it is not clear). The police have concluded this is not a terrorist act but I am not sure that is correct.
The lady may also be related to the killer or known by the killer but I now learn that the killer tried to enter the properties of other people so it seems this might have been a random killing. He was heard screaming ‘where’s the cat’ before finding them (or at least one) in a garden where he decapitated them in full view of at least one person who said there was blood everywhere.
This grisly, despicable crime occurred in North London (Edmonton). There are two outstanding aspects of this macabre event in an ordinary suburb of London: the killer appears to be copying the Islamic State beheadings and why did he have to kill the cats? Why are cats so often the innocent victims of crimes between people?
This story has hit the headlines across all the newspapers and at one stage people were querying whether this was a terrorist attack but that has been ruled out. It appears to be a regular murder except for what seems to be a copycat method.
On the radio this morning I learnt that the alleged murderer is a recent convert to the Islamic faith and also a drug taker. This does seem to be the behavior of a deranged person who has, no doubt in my mind, got ideas from the Islamic State on how to kill in the most barbaric manner.
Update: this is man who is under suspicion of committing the murder:
The problem is that anyone at anytime can perpetrate this sort of crime in the UK. The police can’t stop it so if a person does not mind going to prison for a very long time (30-40 years) on conviction then this sort of thing will happen again. Fanatical people are not that bothered about being caught and convicted. It is very dangerous in London nowadays.