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"It was nothing short of an execution," said Judge Brian Stevenson as he handed down a two-year sentence to a Calgary man who was charged with killing a cat as part of a bizarre sex ritual. 29-year-old Stephen Edward Alcorn pled guilty to the cat killing as well as further charges for assaulting his girlfriend and breaching bail conditions some time later.
The cat killing occurred on September 15, 2012 when Alcorn carried out a sexual ritual with his girlfriend. The cat had been specifically purchased by Alcorn and his girlfriend several days earlier. After laying out a tarp on the floor of his garage, his girlfriend knelt with her hands tied beying her back. Alcorn then hoisted the animal by its hind legs above her head and gutted it to allow the blood to spill on the woman. While Alcorn's lawyer, Krysia Przepiorka, maintained that the cat had died quickly and with little suffering, the judge rejected this argument.
"The suffering and death of the cat was not instantaneous," said Judge Stevenson. "The stabbing, throat slitting and bleeding out took some time." In handing down his sentence, the judge also noted that psychiatric reports done on Alcorn in March, 2013 conclude that he is a "sexual sadist" with antisocial personality disorder. He also admitted to bizarre sexual fantasies including an interest in erotic asphyxiation. Still, Alcorn blamed his actions on the "heavy influence" of his then-girlfriend as well as being intoxicated at the time.
While his attorney's argument that Alcorn turned his life around following the 2012 incident, the later charges for assault and breaching supervision failed to reassure thr court concerning his risk to society. Crown prosecutor Gord Haight told reporters that the length of the sentence was justified in Alcorn's case. "“The Crown’s pleased with the sentence, we are of the view this case was serious enough to warrant a severe sentence,” he said. “Judge Stevenson appeared to be concerned about this individual’s (sexual) proclivities and I share that concern." Animal rights activists following the case have also agreed that a lengthy sentence was needed.
The prison sentence will be followed by a three-year probation during which Alcorn will be required to attend counseling for substance abuse and domestic violence. He is also under a lifetime ban against owning another animal.
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