Man jailed 18 weeks for animal cruelty

Ashraf, who first threw the cat from the 10th floor of a Tampines block, later found that the cat was still alive and slammed it on the ground to make sure that it died.
Ashraf, who first threw the cat from the 10th floor of a Tampines block, later found that the cat was still alive and slammed it on the ground to make sure that it died.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

He first threw a cat from the 10th floor of a block of flats in Tampines.

When he found that the cat was still alive, Fajar Ashraf Fajar Ali, 25, slammed it on the ground to make sure that it died.

Ashraf, who works as a supervisor in the food and beverage industry, was yesterday jailed for 18 weeks on two counts of animal cruelty on May 26 last year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Soh Weiqi said that at 1.07am that day, Ashraf had left home to look for cats to play with.

About half an hour later, he saw a female shorthair cat at Block 884, Tampines Street 83 and lured it into the lift with cat food.

He took the cat to the 10th floor and played with it.

When it tried to run away, he threw it from the 10th floor.

Later, when he realised that the cat was still alive on the ground floor, he slammed it on the ground twice. He left after making sure that the cat was dead.

Ashraf was arrested five days later.

His lawyer, Mr Amarjit Singh Sidhu, said Ashraf was deeply remorseful for his actions and regretted mistreating the cat and causing its death.

In mitigation, he said Ashraf was a first-time offender and was not likely to do it again as he was ashamed to have caused embarrassment to his family.

Ashraf stated he had committed the various acts against the cat out of frustration that cats did not seem to want to go near him.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore said in a statement yesterday that it condemns animal cruelty.

In 2006, David Hooi Yin Weng, then 42, was jailed for three months for rubbing the eyes of a kitten and beating its head repeatedly. The cat was put to sleep.

Ashraf could have been fined up to $15,000 and/or jailed for up to 18 months on each charge.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2017, with the headline 'Man jailed 18 weeks for animal cruelty'. Print Edition | Subscribe