A suspected double murderer known as the “Catman” was removed from a courtroom in Argentina after meowing 55 times during the hearing.
Nicolas Gil Pereg, an Israeli charged with the murder of his mother and aunt, was taken to cells after answering the judge’s questions by repeating “meow, meow” at the beginning of his trial in the Argentine city of Mendoza.
Pereg, who once changed his name backwards to Floda Reltih or Adolf Hitler, also used the cat sound to answer when he was asked for his name and ID number.
Armed police removed the messy-looking suspect after he refused repeated requests to remain silent during Tuesday’s trial.
Former soldier Pereg, 40, is accused of killing his mother, Pyrhia Saroussy, 63, and aunt Lily Pereg, 54, and hiding their bodies ashore in his dilapidated house in Guaymallen, on the outskirts of Mendoza, in January 2019.
Israeli Nicolas Gil Pereg, charged with the murder of his mother and aunt, was taken to cells after answering questions from the judge by repeating “meow, meow” at the beginning of his trial in the Argentine city of Mendoza
Armed police took Pereg away after he refused repeated requests to remain silent during the trial
Former soldier Pereg, 40, is accused of killing his mother Pyrhia Saroussy (right) and aunt Lily Pereg (54) (left) in January 2019 and hiding their bodies ashore in his derelict home in Guaymallen on the outskirts of Mendoza
The bodies of Saroussy and Pereg were found under rocks and earth more than three feet underground.
Early in his trial, Pereg, who faces life imprisonment if convicted, uttered the word “meow” 55 times, from the moment he walked into the courtroom until he was removed, local reports say.
In a video released by the Mendoza Prosecutor’s Office, Pereg begins impersonating a cat’s meow in court while refusing to answer prosecutor’s questions.
‘Mr. Gil Pereg, before the jury moved in, I warned you that if you want to stay in the courtroom, you should do so in silence, with respect and decency, ”says Judge Laura Guajardo before expelling him.
Prosecutor Fernando Guzzo, who claims that Pereg is mentally incapable of standing, told the six-member jury in his opening speech in front of the court on Tuesday: “I ask the jury not to be fooled and to bark louder.”
Pereg’s defense attorney Maximiliano Legrand asked them to “act like people and not bark like dogs,” as the prosecutor suggested.
Pereg once changed his name to Floda Reltih or Adolf Hitler backwards
Gilad Perez was arrested on January 26, 2019 on suspicion of murdering his mother and aunt
It’s not the first time Pereg, who, according to his defense team, has a medical disorder called lycanthropy, which leads him to believe he is an animal, has been removed from a courtroom in Argentina for making cat noises.
He behaved the same way in February 2020 at a hearing organized by his defense team to try to save him from pre-trial detention and to hospitalize him.
A chief prosecutor said at the time that he saw no reason why he should be taken to a psychiatric unit in a hospital.
Pereg is said not only to meow again and again like a cat, but also to have taken off his clothes and even urinated in front of judges at previous court hearings.
Police are working on the property next to Gilad Pereg’s home where the bodies of his mother and aunt were found in Mendoza, Argentina, in 2019
Pereg’s mother and aunt traveled from Israel to visit him and disappeared shortly after reaching Mendoza on January 11, 2019 and going to Pereg’s house, which he shared with 37 cats and four dogs to spend the day.
The search for them, which began after the alleged killer himself reported them missing and claimed they could have crossed the border into Chile, lasted more than a fortnight.
Autopsy concluded that Pereg’s aunt had been shot and his mother was beaten to death.