Launderette cat killing: Taxi driver jailed

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – A taxi driver, who appeared in a video recording with another man, over the killing of a cat in a dryer at a self-service launderette, was yesterday sentenced to two years’ jail by the Selayang Sessions Court for the offence.

Judge Rasyihah Ghazali handed down the sentence on A Mohanraj, 42, after he changed his plea to guilty when the case came up for mention yesterday.

He was ordered to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest, which was September 14 last year.

Mohanraj, and another person still at large, were charged with cruelly causing unnecessary suffering to the feline at a self-service laundrette in Taman Gombak Ria, Batu Caves between 12.54am and 1am on September 11 last year.

The charge, under Section 29 (1) (e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, punishable under Section 29 (1) of the same act and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 or a jail term of up to three years or both, upon conviction.

Prior to this, another of Mohanraj friend, S Satthiya, 27, was given a discharge without an acquittal for the same offence, while another person, contract worker K Ganesh, 42, maintained his not guilty plea to the charge.