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
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.