Lee Wai Leong, threw a male cat 13 storeys to its death in October last year. The cat died from multiple traumatic injuries, including fractures and organ failure. Later, he was found to suffer from moderate intellectual disability.
His lawyer Josephus Tan in last month’s hearing indicated that Lee has the IQ of a 10-year-old child. Lee pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty during the trial. Under the Animals and Birds Act, Lee could have faced up to 18 months in jail, a fine of up to S$15,000 or both. But on Jun 7 sentencing, Judge Mathew Joseph only sentenced him to 18 months’ probation.
Extract from CWS:
We at Cat Welfare Society find this sentencing far too lenient. A deliberate act of killing must warrant a more severe penalty and deterrent sentencing than probation to send a strong message that animal cruelty cannot be condoned. Also, we are disappointed that the courts did not take into account witness statements that this was not the first cat that died in this same spot last year.