KUALA LUMPUR: A man, whose cruel act of hanging a cat was caught on CCTV, will spend more than a year in prison.
Al Azri Norhisham, 28, was sentenced to 15 months in jail starting yesterday by Sessions Court judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah after he admitted to hanging and killing the cat.
He was charged with unreasonably causing pain or suffering on the male cat with intent.
Earlier, Al Azri, who was unrepresented, told the court that the cat had scratched and bitten him, causing wounds on his finger.
He asked for a light sentence, saying that he was an orphan and only worked at a hawker stall.
The offence was committed in Jalan 4/27A, Section 2, Wangsa Maju, at about 1.30pm on Monday.
The charge was under Section 29 1(e) of the Animal Welfare Act, which carries a fine of between RM20,000 and RM100,000 or a prison sentence of up to three years, or both, upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Hajar Mohd Ashif asked the court to mete out a deterrent sentence because Al Azri had committed a cruel act on an animal.
She also informed the court that a video clip of the killing had gone viral on social media.
“This is a criminal act and an act of cruelty on a living creature. As the accused can use his intellect and act in a sane manner, he should know not to do that to a defenceless animal.
“A deterrent sentence can also give awareness to both the accused and society to avoid committing cruel acts to both animals and humans,” said Siti Hajar.
Al Azri was detained in Section 2, Wangsa Maju, around 1.30pm on Wednesday.
It was reported that the owner of the cat discovered his pet’s body around 1.30pm on Monday.
The owner initially thought that the cat – named Jebon – had been poisoned and buried it behind his house.
A neighbour then informed him that the cat had been hung on a rope and it was captured on CCTV.
Video footage showed the accused holding the cat before tying a rope around its neck and hanging it at the stairs of the apartment block.