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Jailed: Northampton arsonist who killed and mutilated seven cats

Jailed: Brendan Gaughan Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A prolific arsonist who killed and mutilated seven cats in Northamptonshire has been jailed.

Brendan Gaughan, from Northampton, set fire to businesses, vehicles and tents in a series of arson attacks in June.

The 32-year-old destroyed three tents, damaged the Outpost Café and its recycling bins and The Ark floating restaurant, both on Bedford Road, set fire to wheelie bins at the Edward Green Shoe Factory, a Vauxhall van and the Bray Learning and Development Centre at St Andrews Hospital.

He admitted the attacks as well as a series of other offences including a spate of shed fires in 2017 and killing seven cats - five in Duston between October and November 2017 and two in Kingsley in September 2017.

He was jailed for three years and nine months.

“I am pleased that Gaughan has now admitted to the offences in particular the awful crimes committed against the cats.

“Hopefully the sentence will give some closure to the families who lost their pets in such a callous and cold hearted way.

“At this time there is no evidence to link Gaughan to any other offences elsewhere in the country and I am satisfied that the sentence received reflects the serious and worrying nature of his offending.”

– Det Insp Dave Harley
Rusty's body was left in a bag on his owner's doorstep in August 2017. Credit: Northamptonshire Police
  • Northampton cat deaths 2017
  • 28 August: The body of Rusty was left in a bag on the owner's doorstep in Northampton
  • 6 September: Cat Topsy was left outside the owner's home in the Kingsley area
  • 4 October: A dead cat in a plastic bag was found in a garden in Chewton Close Duston
  • 7 October: Mutilated body of a cat was found in Duston
  • 13 October: Dismembered cat was discovered in Duston
  • 14 October: Dismembered cat was found in a plastic bag on a doorstep in Mendip Road
  • 18 November: Cat mutilated and left on car roof in Northampton
  • Northampton arson offences in 2017
  • Shed fire at Chewton Close, Duston on 19 November
  • Shed fire at Westbury Close, Duston on 30 November
  • Shed fire at Shed fire at Cheddar Close, Duston on 1 December
  • Shed fire on Mendip Road, Duston on 2 December
  • Shed fire at Westbury Close Duston on 6 December
  • Shed fire at Lovat Drive Duston on 6 December
  • Shed fire that spread to the house in Cheddar Close on 7 December