Friday, August 25, 2006

8 weeks' Jail for cat abuser

Thanks Siva for sending this in. Italics are mine.

Aug 25, 2006
SITNews: Eight weeks' jail for cat torturer
by Kushwant Singh

AN AIR-CON technician pleaded guilty in the Community Court to torturing a cat and was jailed for eight weeks yesterday.

Malaysian Wong Geng Thong, 28, had befriended the cat after having dinner at a Haig Road coffee shop on July 31.

He fed it some cat food he had in his van and played with it. But when it scratched his leg, he became furious and put it in his van before driving off.

He reached the multi-storey carpark at Block 93A Jalan Dua, off Old Airport Road, at about 1.40am and parked in a deserted corner. He let the cat out but grew angry when it started running around.

He tied a wire noose around its neck and lifted the wire, hanging the cat by the neck. Every time the cat lost consciousness, Wong would revive it by massaging its chest.

He repeated his cruel game until the cat could not be revived.

Removing the wire noose, he grabbed the cat by the neck and bashed its body against the wall several times. He threw it on the floor and kept kicking it before driving off.

Wong did not realise all this had been captured on a spy camera in the carpark.

After cleaners found the grisly remains of 10 cats in the neighbourhood over the past five months, animal lovers started weekend patrols and raised funds to buy video cameras.

They then convinced the town council to hook up six miniature cameras to zoom in on areas in the carpark where several of the mangled bodies were found.

Mr Ishak Puteh, 42, a cleaner, called one of the animal lovers when he found the dead cat on Aug 1 at about 9.30am.

He alerted Miss Sandy Lim, who spotted a blue-and-white van in the video footage of a man swinging a cat from a lasso-like rope tied to its neck.

The education consultant, who is her 40s, scoured the neighbourhood, found the van and tailed the man to his workplace in Eunos, where he was later arrested by the police.

Miss Lim and two other cat lovers, who were in court yesterday, said they had expected a stiffer sentence.

She said: 'The punishment did not take into account the full severity of the crime as about 10 cats have been killed.'

Added graphic designer Fiona Yuen, 32: 'We've no doubts he is a serial cat killer.'

In passing sentence, District Judge Bala Reddy stressed the seriousness of the offence. He also noted that the psychiatrist who examined Wong was concerned he might abuse people too.

Wong could have been jailed up to a year and fined up to $10,000.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is upset with the sentence, and will be submitting an appeal to the Attorney-General's Chambers.

Said the executive officer of the SPCA, Miss Deirdre Moss: 'With due respect to the courts, the SPCA thinks the punishment does not fit the crime, and may be sending out the wrong signal that such brutality is tolerated in society.''


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Judge made contradicted herself and made a mockery of "justice for all"

25/8/06 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The judge "stressed the seriousness of the offence" yet hand down a sentence which is only 15% of the max jail term and 0% of the fine. How serious is that!!
The "authorities" say one thing and do next to nothing. It must be to promote the 'foreign talent' lah - a Malaysian being allowed here to torture our animals. Can Singaporeans appeal against the sentence?

25/8/06 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red carpet even for foreign criminals.

25/8/06 10:37 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Absolutely - write to the Attorney General's Chambers. They do take these letters seriously.

25/8/06 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't understand this. judge notes that the guy may harm society and still gives him a slap on the wrist? what kind of "justice" is this? he is not even protecting society. the sentence is for 2 mths but he'll be out even before that.

i am disappointed and disgusted.

25/8/06 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the sentence for David Hooi who was caught twice for abusing cats?

25/8/06 11:20 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

He's not been sentenced yet.

25/8/06 11:32 AM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

The first time was 2 months, I think?

Sometimes I find it troubling that in order to get a sentence, the psychologist feels obliged to explain how it will affect people.

25/8/06 11:49 AM  
Blogger helmetwang said...

Can we gather a strong voice to any authority?

25/8/06 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe those humans at the authorities are now very busy with the preparation to welcome the IMF (International Mockery Fund)! Dun think they give a damn to this animal issue. What a great SHAME, S'pore!! and am cetainly ashamed to be a Singaporean! And to those judges who passed the sentence, I say - "Go to HELL!"

25/8/06 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My toes laughed when i heard the PM asking 4 millions to smile for IMF delegates..
everything boils down to $ is king..
what's a cat worth and what's all the cat lives worth?

Perhaps if we remain poor and kampong-ish..we live in better harmony with animals.

25/8/06 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are all living in such a sickening society, with NO respect for other living beings. Thus, what is there to Smile about????? It's not even worth showing a wry smile!!

25/8/06 5:54 PM  
Anonymous K* said...

i never tell people that i even came from singapore. it disgusts me to think i have ties with a place like that. still, i have faith in the forces of the universe and karma will show those with black hearts what it FEELS like to have been treated that way.

25/8/06 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please sign the petition

11/9/06 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was up to me, I would give him the death sentence without hesitation. I'll have to restrain from killing the f*cker myself. *** ** **** *** ***** ** ****!!!

6/5/15 6:15 AM  

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