Teaching assistant strangled and stabbed wife’s cat and neighbour’s cat on Christmas in Ilford

Still image from footage of Ade Akere boxing. Photo: Facebook

Still image from footage of Ade Akere boxing. Photo: Facebook - Credit: Archant

A former primary school teaching assistant who brutally killed his wife’s cat in their Ilford home on Christmas Day and his neighbour’s cat hours later has been banned from owning pets for five years.

Ade Akere, 35, who now lives in Newham, strangled his wife’s cat Louis at their former home in Kensington Gardens, in Ilford, before stabbing him and putting him in a bucket of paint.

He left the bucket outside a nearby school.

Akere then asked to borrow Tom, his neighbour’s four-year-old cat, under the pretence letting him play with Louis in the early hours of Boxing Day.

Once in his house, he killed Tom and decapitated him with a kitchen knife.

His wife alerted the police who recovered the bodies of both animals.

In interview, Akere claimed he had carried out the killings because he thought cats were evil.

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Akere has worked as a teaching assistant at Tollgate Primary School, in Barclay Road, Plaistow.

A school spokeswoman said: “Before this incident took place, Mr Akere was suspended from the school in October due to ill health.

“He has not worked at the school since then.”

Appearing in Barkingside Magistrates on January 2, Akere plead guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and one count of possession of a class B drug.

He also plead guilty to a further charge of failing to surrender to court for sentencing on January 24.

Akere was handed a 12-week sentence suspended for 12 months and banned from owning or looking after animals for five years at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court today (March 21).

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.

“Right now my mind is melting down,” said the owner of late cat Tom after the hearing.

He added: “It’s doesn’t feel like Tom, myself, Louis or [Louis’ owner] have gained justice.”

“I believe the police and the prosecutors did their best.

“All of that aside this still feels hollow.

“The sentencing was a joke played out for the rights of animals and a total disregard for their owners emotions and the effect this crime has had on my life.”

The owner received Tom from his brother three year’s ago and when their brother’s partner developed allergies.

Tom’s owner, who wished not to be identified, spoke of his close bond to the cat.

“He was awesome,” he said.

“One time he came inside and began meowing to me with human-like sentence pauses.

“My lodger came in to the room to say ‘is he talking to you?’”

District Crown Prosecutor Simon Stanyer said: “Ade Akere viciously attacked two defenceless animals over the course of a few hours.”

“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.”