A talented jazz musician was murdered and dismembered when he complained after a drug dealer killed his cat, a court heard.
William Algar, 53, was stabbed to death and parts of his body were found in a wildlife refuge.
53-year-old Mr. Algar, known as his middle name Blaise, had objected to a 19-year-old who threatened to kill his cat Felix and paid with his life, jurors heard.
After a complaint to the teenager, which cannot be named, Mr Algar was stabbed in the chest at his home in Barnes, West London.
Prosecutor witness Philip Ross said the teenage killer confessed to stabbing Mr. Algar.
Simon Emmons, 40, is said to have returned to Mr Algar’s house with the 19-year-old teenager.
Emmons is accused of slaughtering Mr. Algar’s body, with his head and torso trapped and wrapped in a duvet, but his limbs cut.
The limbs were later found at Hounslow Heath. Felix the cat has never been found.
The next morning, the pair stabbed another man, 35-year-old Ebrima Cham, 11 times in a “ savage and insane ” murder the next morning, the Old Bailey heard.
Simon Emmons, 40, is accused of cutting off William Algar’s limbs, wrapping his head and torso in sheets and burying them in a nature reserve in December 2019 (photo, Mr Algar)
Police forensic teams enter a tent at Mr. Algar’s house in Barnes, southwest London
Philippa McAtasney, defending Emmons, told Mr. Ross, “You thought the teenager killed Blaise with what he said.
He had done that because he had been treated as inferior or disrespected and did not like it. That’s how he came to kill the cat.
‘He made it clear that if he says he’s going to do something, he’s going to do it.
“He had to kill the cat and that’s how he and Blaise got into a confrontation.”
Mr. Ross said, “First, I didn’t really want to know. It’s very scary to have that on your mind and not be able to tell anyone.
“I’ve lied about a lot of things in my life, but I’ve never lied about killing anyone, that’s crazy.”
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett told the jury, “You may recall that when I started my speech, I said that the 19-year-old confessed to the murder of William Algar.
Philip Ross was the man he confessed to. According to Mr Ross, he also admitted his part in the murder of someone named ‘Brim’.
According to Mr. Ross, the teenager said he had a friend named ‘Blaise’.
Jurors have been told that Mr Algar (pictured) was the target of a bitter drug feud after becoming involved in the heroin supply and falling into debt to the alleged killers.
According to the teenager, Blaise was also involved in drug delivery, but at a higher level in the chain than he was.
He said he used to go to Blaise’s flat for what he called a ‘re-up,’ in other words, to reload.
He told Mr. Ross that one day he and Blaise had gotten into a fight.
He said Blaise had spoken to him disrespectfully. He’d said to Blaise, “I’m not your bitch” or something … If you keep talking to me like that, if this continues like this, I’ll kill your cat. “
Mr. Ross is under the impression that the argument had continued and he believes he said he killed the cat – although he is not sure.
As he stood there, whether William Algar owned a cat or simply fed one, a box of cat food was found in the kitchen on Nowell Road.
It is also true that on November 22, William Algar used a telephone booth not far from his apartment to call the police.
Emmons and the teenager, who cannot be named by name for legal reasons, are charged with murdering Ebrima Cham (pictured) in a ‘savage and insane’ stabbing the next day
Police discovered that Ebrima Cham, known locally as Brim, had been stabbed and pronounced dead. Pictured: the scene in December 2019
Mr Algar told the police that someone tried to kill his cat.
Mr. Ross says the teenager told him they were starting to wrestle each other.
“He said he pulled out a knife—” I got behind the rams [Rambo] out ‘- and it was either’ me or him ‘.
He said he stabbed Blaise in the chest and Blaise died.
He told Mr. Ross that he dragged Blaise’s body to the bathroom and then put it in the bathtub.
Ross says he was under the impression that the teenager and Blaise were the only people in the flat at the time of this incident.
The teenager said he couldn’t get rid of the body because it was’ just me ‘in the flat.’
Emmons, without a permanent address, denies that he interfered with justice and murdered Mr. Ham.
The 19-year-old, with no fixed address, has denied two murders involving Mr Algar and Mr Cham.
Felix the cat has never been found.
The process continues.