KUANTAN (BERNAMA) – A self-employed Malaysian man was fined MYR9,000 by the Sessions Court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to shooting a monkey which was trapped in a cage before spray painting the animal in April this year.
Judge Siti Aminah Ghazali also ordered the accused, Rozaman Ismail @ Osman, 42, to serve two months in jail if he failed to pay the fine.
Rozaman was accused of committing the offence at 3pm on April 17, at a house in Kempadang Utama, Astaka Village, and charged under Section 86 (1) (f) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 which provides for a maximum fine of MYR50,000 or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, if convicted.
Earlier, Rozaman, who was not represented, appealed for leniency on the grounds that he, as the sole breadwinner for his family, needed to support his wife and two children.
Prosecuting officer from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) Ahmad Ikhwan Zainuddin, however, pressed for a just sentence to serve as a lesson.
According to the facts of the case, the accused was the individual featured in a video which went viral on social media in April, showing a man abusing a monkey in a cage.