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Transgender woman, 26, is found GUILTY of murdering random stranger on night out in ‘Don’t F*** with Cats’ inspired killing after putting a pet in a blender


A sadistic transgender woman has today been found guilty of murdering a BMW engineer in a ‘Don’t F*** with Cats’ inspired killing. 

Scarlet Blake, 26, battered and strangled Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, after stalking the streets of Oxford looking for a ‘vulnerable victim’ having been urged to kill by her gun and death obsessed partner in America. She targeted Carreno – who was a stranger to her – as he walked home from a night out in July 2021.

His body was found in the River Cherwell at Parsons Pleasure having drowned after receiving a blow to the back of his head and being strangled.

Blake – who had filmed herself dissecting and putting a neighbour’s cat in a food blender four months before the cold-blooded murder – showed no emotion as a jury at Oxford Crown Court returned a guilty verdict. 

Members of her victim’s family wept in court as the verdict was delivered after a two week trial. 

The jury of five women and seven men reached their verdict after deliberating for just six hours after a trial lasting eight days. 

Blake had admitted dissecting the animal, removing the fur and skin and placing it in a blender but blames her former partner Ashlynn Bell.

The court previously heard Blake had an ‘extreme interest in death and in harm’ and killed the family pet after watching a Netflix documentary called Don’t F*** With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer. In the programme a man, Luka Magnotta, kills kittens before filming a murder.

Four months before the killing Blake live-streamed killing a cat and putting it in a blender having been inspired by the hit Netflix series 'Don't F*** with Cats'

Four months before the killing Blake live-streamed killing a cat and putting it in a blender having been inspired by the hit Netflix series ‘Don’t F*** with Cats’

BMW worker Mr Carreno (pictured) had been on a night out when he was approached by Blake

BMW worker Mr Carreno (pictured) had been on a night out when he was approached by Blake

Blake had admitted dissecting the animal, removing the fur and skin and placing it in a blender but blames her former partner Ashlynn Bell, pictured

Blake had admitted dissecting the animal, removing the fur and skin and placing it in a blender but blames her former partner Ashlynn Bell, pictured 

The victim’s family sat through hours of distressing evidence as prosecutors described how Blake smashed Carreno over the head with a vodka bottle rendering his helpless and then strangled him.

His body was pushed into the River Cherwell where he drowned.

Prosecutors said Blake had deliberately set out to kill after previously revelling in the slaughter and dissection of a neighbour’s cat.

While her death obsessed partner Bell watched from her home in the US, Blake live streamed cutting up the cat while it was still alive.

A vet determined it would have been in extreme pain until its heart was ripped out. Police would later find the heart in a trinket box that Blake kept as a souvenir.

Jurors have also seen videos of the defendant and her partner engaging in consensual strangulation with ligatures.

Police believe Blake would have got away with the sadistic murder had she not later had a bitter falling out with Bell

Police believe Blake would have got away with the sadistic murder had she not later had a bitter falling out with Bell

Prosecutors had alleged the cat killing was relevant to the murder trial as it shows Blake has a ‘disturbing interest in what it would be like to harm a living creature’.

Mr Martin Carreno, who is from Spain and worked for BMW at their Cowley plant, had been on a night out with work colleagues in Oxford city centre before he died.

He had been out drinking with friends to celebrate the lifting of Covid lockdown restrictions in July 2021.

Unfamiliar with the streets of Oxford and separated from his friends, Blake came across him sitting on a bench around 4am.

CCTV shows Blake – wearing a heavy-duty coat, face mask and carrying a backpack – walking around the city centre before approaching Mr Martin Carreno, who was sat down.

The sixth form school dropout persuaded Mr Carreno to follow her to isolated beauty spot Parsons Pleasure overlooking the River Cherwell. CCTV captured Carreno as he was led to his death but there were no cameras at the riverbank where he met his death.

Blake had claimed Mr Carreno was alive when she left him there to walk home. 

His body was found by dog walkers two days later with a postmortem showing signs of blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation.

Blake is pictured in the middle of two security guards

Blake is pictured in the middle of two security guards 

Chilling CCTV shows a cat killer obsessed with violence and death walking the streets of a city centre looking for a victim

Chilling CCTV shows a cat killer obsessed with violence and death walking the streets of a city centre looking for a victim

Prosecutors say Scarlet Blake, 25, was searching the streets of Oxford looking for someone to kill, and found Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, who was unable to find his way home

Prosecutors say Scarlet Blake, 25, was searching the streets of Oxford looking for someone to kill, and found Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, who was unable to find his way home

The footage shows Mr Carreno, a Spanish national, trying to find his way home, and not realising he has dropped his wallet

The footage shows Mr Carreno, a Spanish national, trying to find his way home, and not realising he has dropped his wallet

Eventually Mr Carreno is seen sitting down in Radcliffe Square, where Blake later finds him and shares her vodka with him

Eventually Mr Carreno is seen sitting down in Radcliffe Square, where Blake later finds him and shares her vodka with him

Blake even took trophy photos at the spot where she killed the 30-year-old BMW engineer - and sent them to her partner Ashlynn Bell (pictured)

Blake even took trophy photos at the spot where she killed the 30-year-old BMW engineer – and sent them to her partner Ashlynn Bell (pictured)

Despite being the tipping point in the case by identifying the murder - potentially crucial witness Bell - who herself was obsessed with guns and death - told police that she was too mentally damaged to give evidence in court

Despite being the tipping point in the case by identifying the murder – potentially crucial witness Bell – who herself was obsessed with guns and death – told police that she was too mentally damaged to give evidence in court 

His death remained unsolved for almost two years until police received a call from Ashlynn Bell who revealed she had a ‘murder confession’ from Blake.

She also produced a combat jacket worn by Blake on the night of the killing and captured on CCTV.

Despite her evidence being crucial she was never called as a witness due to ‘serious mental issues’.

Blake admitted to making the confession after giving evidence in her own defence and claimed it was all made up to please Bell, a gun and death obsessed transexual.

She said they had talked about what it was like to kill someone and had wanted to impress Bell.

But following a falling out at Bell’s Colorado home she contacted police who flew to the US to take her statement.

It was only after her arrest in August 2023 they discovered the cat killing video and her fetish for strangulation and they launched Operation Ingmar.

Prosecutors were worried that her appearance – and obsession withe guns and death – would derail their case.

The defendant told jurors she had falsely confessed to murdering Mr Martin Carreno because Miss Bell, who lives in the US, had wanted her to kill a person after the cat incident.

Referring to the alleged confession, Blake told the jury she had seen news reports of the body being found and created a ficticious story.

‘I told Ashlynn that I killed that person, I made up the details in a dramatic way,’ she said.

‘I told her I used a garotte that I made to try and remove the person’s head but it was more difficult than I would have imagined and then I dumped the body in the river which is what they are now pulling out.’

The trial judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain, sent the jury out to consider its verdict on Thursday.

‘How you go about deliberating is for you to decide. You may have heard of the possibility of majority verdicts but please put this completely out of your mind,’ he said.

Alison Morgan KC, prosecuting, told the jury: 'He died because he encountered the defendant on that night'

Alison Morgan KC, prosecuting, told the jury: ‘He died because he encountered the defendant on that night’

Prosecutors say Blake had a fetish for strangulation and was obsessed with violence and death. Jurors were previously shown a collage of nine female killers that was saved by Blake

Prosecutors say Blake had a fetish for strangulation and was obsessed with violence and death. Jurors were previously shown a collage of nine female killers that was saved by Blake

An image entitled 'First date with me' which showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a handgun had also been downloaded to the 25-year-old's phone, the court has previously been told

An image entitled ‘First date with me’ which showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a handgun had also been downloaded to the 25-year-old’s phone, the court has previously been told

‘If the time comes when I can accept a verdict that is not one on which you all agree I will invite you back into court and give you further directions.

‘This will not be for quite some time and the initiative must come from me. You must take as long as you need and you are not under any pressure of time at all.’

The jury was sent home on Thursday to resume deliberations on Friday.

Blake has been on remand since her arrest last August and been held in a male prison -despite identifying as female as she had not undergone surgery to remove her male genitals.

Blake’s mother Chen, a medical researcher, attended every day of her daughter’s trial but declined to comment.

The police investigation will feature in a documentary later this year called ‘Catching a Killer.’



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