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Wangsa Maju Man Who Hanged Cat To Death Says It Bit His Arm

28-year-old Al Azrin Norhisham was sentenced to jail earlier today, 14 June.

Cover image via New Straits Times

28-year-old Al Azrin Norhisham, who was arrested for hanging a cat to death in Wangsa Maju recently, has been sentenced to 15 months in jail

New Straits Times reported that the man received his sentence at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court earlier today, 14 June, from Judge Rohatul Akmar Abdul. 

Al Azrin has also been ordered to serve his sentence beginning today. 

The man, who worked at a food stall, was caught on CCTV hanging a cat on the stairs earlier this week

According to his charge sheet, Al Azrin committed the crime at Blok A3, Jalan 4/27a, Seksyen 2 in Wangsa Maju. 

New Straits Times reported the owner of the cat as saying that Al Azrin managed to kill it on a second attempt. 

"I looked at the CCTV footage. His first attempt failed as the cat ran off, he chased it and attempted a second time which resulted in the cat choking to death," the man revealed. 

"I am saddened by what happened because this man had acted in such a cruel and inhumane manner. I took care of this cat for three years and he made the cat suffer until it died," he added.

Nonetheless, Al Azrin attempted to plead for a lighter sentence, claiming that the cat had attacked him first

"The cat bit my arm until it bled. That's why I caught it and hanged it," Al Azrin said in court today. 

"I would like to ask for a lighter sentence as I am an orphan... I am mentally unsound, I have a letter from the hospital," he added. 

Al Azrin was eventually sentenced to 15 months in jail under Section 29(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which stipulated a maximum jail term of three years, or a fine, or both. 

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