Friday, August 25, 2006

Strange advice

I just got a call from the caregiver who discovered the abuse in Jurong East. Apparently a woman called saying I had asked her to contact the caregiver, which is strange. Firstly, I never give out numbers without checking with the caregivers first - and only two people asked for the caregiver's number to get in touch with her. The person also did not want to give her first name.

The caregiver mentioned that this person had said they had worked on the previous cat abuse cases which had occured and that it was best not to hand the corpses over to the police but to leave it for her to examine. Again this is very unusual advice because I am sure if the person was involved in both cases, they would know that the post-mortem was crucial to the prosecution. Unless the person in question is a vet, I am not sure what she can do.

The post-mortem is crucial. One reason that the Old Airport road cases were hard to prosecute was the fact that the earlier bodies could not conclusively show the cats had been abused. Remember - the prosecution has to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. So if there was no post-mortem done, there IS a doubt - the cat MIGHT have been killed otherwise. Perhaps it was an accident, perhaps it died of illness.

True, the post mortem may not always be conclusive. For one thing, the corpse may be too rotten to determine the cause of the death. It is however certainly better then NOT doing anything with the body of the cat and leaving it there.

Another reason is honestly credibility. A defendant will ask why if there were so many dead bodies, none were reported to the police? If you DO report, it helps to build up the case that there have been a number of crimes in the area.

The caregiver is also surprised at the advice and wanted to ask my take on it. I told her I didn't tell anyone to call her except a young woman this morning, and that was at the request of the caregiver.


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