Cat killer’s ‘distressing’ past revealed
A psychiatric report is yet to be prepared on a Sydney woman who stabbed her cat to death before throwing the therapy pet's body off her balcony.
Celina Paige Shead, who had failed to "bond" with the cat, has also admitted stealing a white pomeranian dog which was dyed orange when recovered by police from her northern beaches unit.
The 20-year-old was due to be sentenced at Manly Local Court today but the case was put over to Wednesday when it's expected to be adjourned again.
Magistrate Michelle Goodwin noted Justice Health authorities said the earliest date a psychiatric report could be prepared is February 18.
Shead pleaded guilty in December to torturing, beating and causing the death of an animal and committing an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal in October at the Dee Why unit she shared with her father and sister.
She also admitted stealing a dog named Bella, which had been tied up outside a Dee Why shopping centre in September.
Court documents said a neighbour contacted police on October 23 after hearing screaming and "the sound of a cat in extreme distress".
Before police arrived, she saw the cat being thrown from Shead's second-floor bedroom window. A short time later, two trays of cat litter were thrown from the same window.
The wounded 11-year-old cat, named Ginger, was lying dead in a garden bed and had sustained 20 puncture wounds.
Shead's father told police his daughter adopted two cats from the RSPCA days earlier.
"The cats didn't seem to bond with his daughter and this seemed to upset her," the police facts said.
A knife was found on the kitchen bench.
In September, Shead was seen wearing a white wig and tutu while untying the dog, Bella, from a bicycle rack.
When the dog was tracked to Shead's unit, Bella was wet and its fur and been dyed orange.
"The dog was shaking and appeared distressed," the facts said.
Days before the animal offences, Shead was placed on an intensive correction order for a string of unrelated offences.
The court was previously told Shead, who has been refused bail, was diagnosed a year ago with a borderline personality disorder.