Court sets May 6 for next mention of animal cruelty case against senior citizen

BUTTERWORTH: The Sessions Court here has fixed May 6 for next mention of the case of a septuagenarian charged with animal cruelty.

Ng Ah Leak, 75, who appeared in court, was told in Mandarin that he would have to appear in court on May 6 for his case to be mentioned again before Sessions Court judge Noor Aini Yusof here.

He nodded before exiting the dock.

Noor Aini set the date pending video footage from the prosecution that has yet to be handed over to the defence counsel.

According to the charge sheet, Ng is alleged to have unreasonably poked a white female dog in the eye with an eight-foot bamboo stick, injuring the dog, inflicting pain and suffering at about 10.30pm on Oct 24 last year at a drain behind his house in Taman Tanjung Indah, Raja Uda in Seberang Prai.

He was charged under Section 29(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which carries a fine of not less than RM20,000 or not more than RM100,000, a prison term of up to three years or both, upon conviction.

He was represented by lawyer Lim Jin Hong, while state Veterinary Services Department enforcement head Roziman Awang Tahrin is the prosecuting officer.

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