Prosecutor Fernando Guzzo, denigrating the defense claiming that Pereg is mentally unfit to stand trial, told the six-man jury in his opening speech on Tuesday: “I ask the jury members not to be fooled and d ‘bark louder. “
Pereg’s defense attorney, Maximiliano Legrand, begged them to “behave like humans and not bark like dogs,” as the prosecutor suggested.
This is not the first time that Pereg, said by his defense team to suffer from a medical condition called lycanthropy that makes him believe he is an animal, has been removed from a courtroom in Argentina for doing cat noises.
He displayed the same behavior in February 2020 during a hearing organized by his defense team in an attempt to spare him pre-trial detention and have him admitted to hospital.
A senior prosecutor said at the time that he saw no reason to send her to a psychiatric wing of a hospital.
In addition to repeatedly meowing like a cat, Pereg also allegedly undressed and even urinated in front of magistrates in previous hearings.
His alleged victims disappeared shortly after reaching Mendoza on January 11, 2019 and traveled to Pereg’s home he shared with 37 cats and four dogs to spend the day.
The search for them, which began after the alleged killer himself reported their disappearance and claimed they could have crossed the border into Chile, lasted more than a fortnight.
Autopsies concluded that Pereg’s aunt had been shot and his mother had been beaten to death.