KUALA LUMPUR, 14 June 2019:
A man whose act of strangling a cat and then hanging the animal to death went viral on social media, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the sessions court here today.
Al Azri Norhisham’s cruelty was caught on his neighbour’s closed-circuit television camera.
The 28-year-old food stall worker was accused of strangling the male cat named Jebon with a rafia string and then hanging the cat to death from a staircase in front of his neighbour’s home at an apartment block in Wangsa Maju, Setapak on June 10 at about 1.30pm.
Jebon was owned by a resident who lived in the area.
Judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah meted out the sentence which takes effect today, after Al Azri pleaded guilty to a charge of causing pain or suffering under the Animal Welfare Act 2015 – which carries a maximum sentence of a RM100,000 fine or three years of jail or both.
Deputy public prosecutor Siti Hajar Mohd Ashif requested the court for a strict sentence in view of the immense cruelty committed by the accused against a defenceless animal and submitted that his mitigation about being scratched and bitten by the cat was unacceptable.
Al Azri was unrepresented.