Canadian fined RM600 for hurting fighting cocks


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  • Saturday, 09 Jun 2007

MIRI: A sleep-deprived expatriate from Canada, incensed by his neighbour’s noisy fighting cocks for more than six months, was fined RM600 for attacking the animals with a spade. 

Christopher Niel Marland, 34, an employee of an oil giant here, pleaded guilty yesterday in a magistrate's court to having trespassed into his neighbour’s house and whacking one of the cocks in a fit of anger on April 21. 

The expatriate, who had moved here with his wife following his transfer to Sarawak by his oil company, admitted to having committed the offence in a housing estate at Pujut 7, in the outskirts of Miri City. 

Marland’s neighbour lodged a police report against him on April 21, after the Canadian had climbed over the fencing separating their houses.  

Police arrested him at 10am the same day. 

Yesterday, Marland pleaded for leniency.  

Through his counsel Ranbir Singh, he told the court that he was driven over the edge after six months of sleepless nights because his neighbour did not do anything to control the cocks despite repeated appeals. 

“He became very frustrated and desperate and in a fit of anger, vented his rage in his neighbour’s backyard,” said the lawyer. 

Magistrate Musyiri Peet fined the oil worker RM600 after accepting his mitigation. He paid the fine. 

It is not known whether the in-jured cock recovered. The feathery victim was not in court yesterday. 

Cock-fighting is a popular past-time for many Sarawak natives and many rear fighting cocks in their homes. 

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