A man who killed a stray cat in the Tampines estate was sentenced to 18 weeks’ jail on Monday (13 March) by a district court.
Fajar Ashraf Fajar Ali, 25, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of animal abuse.
The stocky man was emotionless when District Judge May Mesenas sentenced him to the prison term.
The court heard that Fajar left his house at around 1am on 26 May 2016. At about 1.40am, he spotted a cat at block 884 Tampines Street 83 and managed to lure it into the lift with cat food.
Fajar then took the lift to the 10th floor and brought the cat to the staircase landing.
When it tried to escape, Fajar lured it back with more food. When the cat returned to him,
however, he picked it up and dropped it over the ledge of the staircase landing.
He then went downstairs to check on the animal. Finding it alive, Fajar then slammed it on the ground twice, after which he burned it with a lighter. He left the scene only after ensuring the cat was dead.
A resident from the opposite block who heard noises and witnessed Fajar slamming the cat on the ground called the police. The cat was found with blood flowing out of its mouth and lying in a pool of urine.
In passing her judgement, the judge said that she agreed with the prosecution to impose a deterrent sentence to deter like-minded individuals from doing the same thing to innocent animals.