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Teen Accused Of Stabbing Cat To Death Refused Bail

A Sydney teenager accused of stabbing a cat to death before throwing it off her balcony has been refused bail by a magistrate concerned about the safety of other animals.

Celina Paige Shead, 19, is charged with torturing, beating and causing the death of an animal and committing an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal.

A vet who examined the body of the cat - discovered near Shead's northern beaches unit on Wednesday morning - found the animal had been stabbed 20 times.

A second cat was retrieved by police from the Dee Why unit and placed in the care of the RSPCA.

The teenager faced Manly Local Court on Friday when her lawyer, Luke Noonan, unsuccessfully applied for bail.

Shead obtained the cats from the RSPCA on October 15 and, days later at the same court, was placed on an intensive correction order for a string of unrelated offences.

The latest allegations involved "the utmost cruelty" and most people "would be pretty horrified" at the manner in which the animal was said to have been killed and disposed of, Magistrate Miranda Moody said.

Shead may not have obtained the animals from the RSPCA for "this purpose" but it didn't take her long to carry out the alleged offences, Moody said.

The magistrate was particularly disturbed that Shead was sentenced to the correction order and days later allegedly "breached it in the most serious way".

In refusing bail, she referred to the risk of Shead committing further offences and the need to ensure the "safety of other victims i.e. animals".

Noonan said Shead's father, who could not be present because of his employment, said his daughter was diagnosed a year ago with a borderline personality disorder.

A mental health triage team had been alerted within the past 10 days about her mental health condition, the lawyer added.

The magistrate agreed to his request that Shead is seen by Justice Health while in custody.

The case was adjourned to November 8 when the teenager will appear via video link.