MalaysiaK. Ganesh, 42, was sentenced to 34 months in prison by Selayang judge, Selangor state, for putting a cat in a dryer and killing him.
Judge Rasyihah Ghazali in Selayang court also sentenced Ganesh amount 40,000 ringgit (nearly 10,000 USD). The accused will began serving on November 5 and will receive an additional 4 months in prison if he refuses to pay a penalty.
However, the court allows Ganesh delaying the execution of the judgment for lawyers to file an appeal, but the bail amount increased from 12,000 ringgit to 20,000 ringgit (more than $ 4,800).
"In this case, the defendant put the cat in a dryer and locked it. The verdict is a lesson for the defendant and those who cruelly treat animals," Judge Ghazali said.
K. Ganesh covered his face with his hand in Selayang court, Selangor state, Malaysia on November 5. Image: Bernama.
Ganesh and his taxi driver A. Mohanraj, 42, were accused of torturing the cat that died in September last year. The video of their action then spread online and received intense criticism from public opinion, forcing the Malaysian Animal Protection Association to report the incident to the police.
The prosecutor asked the court to impose heavy penalties for believing that Ganesh's actions spread widely online and caused outrage in the community. "The case involved a domestic cat that did not harm the defendant. The defendant disrespected his life and did not consider the animal's right to life," he said.
Mohanraj in January was sentenced to two years in prison for the same charge.
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