KUALA LUMPUR: A taxi driver, who appeared in a video recording with another man, over the killing of a cat in a dryer at a self-service launderette, was sentenced to two years jail by the Selayang Sessions Court here for the offence.
Judge Rasyihah Ghazali handed down the sentence on A. Mohanraj, 42, after he changed his plea to guilty when the case came up for mention yesterday.
He was ordered to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest, which is Sept 14 last year.
Mohanraj and another person, still at large, were charged with cruelly causing unnecessary suffering to the feline at a self-service launderette in Taman Gombak Ria, Batu Caves, between 12.54am and 1am on Sept 11 last year.
The charge, under Section 29 (1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, punishable under Section 29 (1) of the same act and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 or a jail term of up to three years or both, upon conviction.
Prior to this, another of Mohanraj’s friend, S. Satthiya, 27, was given a discharge without an acquittal for the same offence, while another person, contract worker K. Ganesh, 42, continued to claim trial.
In mitigation, Mohanraj, who was unrepresented, said he was remorseful and promised not to repeat the mistake and that he had a family to support.
A closed-circuit television camera footage of a pregnant cat being placed in the dryer by two men at a self-service laundrette went viral on social media last year.
The cruel act subsequently received criticisms from the public before the Malaysian Animal Association reported the matter to the police. — Bernama