A JB Boy Tortured A Dog By Setting It On Fire. He Will Now Be Publicly Caned 7 Times

The student, who pleaded guilty, was released on a one-year good behaviour bond by the Johor Bahru Sessions Court.

Cover image via Leow Yee Chin (Facebook) & Izz Laily Hussein/New Straits Times

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Today, 18 April, the Johor Bahru Sessions Court ordered a student to be given seven strokes of a light cane for setting a dog on fire

He will be caned in open court at 9am on 21 May.

Sessions Court judge Datuk Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim also ordered the accused, Braden Yap Hong Sheng, to be released on a one-year good behaviour bond with a surety of RM10,000.

Braden had pleaded guilty to a charge of animal abuse on 12 April for committing the act at 1.49am on Wednesday, 27 March, in front of premises on Jalan Impian Emas 22, Taman Impian Emas.

A few days after the video of his act went viral, Braden issued a public apology and requested for a second chance, saying, "I understand no matter how I explain, I should not have done that."

Judge Che Wan Zaidi told Braden that his action was cruel and inhumane towards an animal that also has the right to live in peace

"Whatever threat the dog posed against you, you should not have acted cruelly. You should have lodged a report to the enforcement agency for them to take action," New Straits Times reported the judge as saying.

Che Wan Zaidi, however, said that the court took into account the fact that Braden is a young, first-time offender who had repented and pleaded guilty at an early stage after committing the crime.

"The court sees a prison sentence as not appropriate. However, it is the court's responsibility to also give an appropriate punishment by taking into account the public interest factor as a lesson to the accused and the community so that this act does not happen again in the future. All living beings, including animals, have a fundamental right to be protected by the law and to live in peace," he added.

He was charged under Section 29(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015

He faced a fine of up to RM100,000 or three years in jail or both.

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