The court has fixed 21 May for the public caning sentence at the Sessions Court.
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Braden Yap Hong Sheng, the 18-year-old student who set a dog on fire last month, has been sentenced to seven strokes of light caning after he was convicted of animal cruelty.
Judge Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim also ordered that Braden Yap be released on a one-year good behaviour bond of RM10,000.
Braden pleaded guilty to causing excruciating pain to a brown female dog by beating and setting the dog on fire.
He was charged under Section 29(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 on 27 March in Taman Impian Emas.
Wan Zaidi said he took into consideration that Yap was a young first-time offender who showed remorse and pleaded guilty at an early stage.
The court sees a prison sentence as not appropriate. However, it is the court’s responsibility to also give an appropriate punishment by taking into account the public interest factor as a lesson to the accused and the community so that this act does not happen again in the future. All living beings, including animals, have a fundamental right to be protected by the law and to live in peace.Judge Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim
The Johor Bahru sessions court has fixed 21 May for the public caning sentence against the accused at Sessions Court 4 at 9am, New Straits Times reported.
On 27 March around 2am, Yap was caught on camera beating and lighting up a brown dog on fire in front of a veterinarian clinic at Taman Impian Emas, Johor.
A veterinary doctor Salehatul Khuzaimah M. Ali said the dogs showed no signs of aggression towards Yap even when abused.
There have been allegations that it wasn’t the first time Yap abused and harassed dogs.
My Forever Doggo, a platform dedicated to the well-being of dogs, claimed that two of their dogs have been repeatedly abused by Yap.
Yap’s mother said that her son was chased by dogs before and suffered broken bones and fractures. They have apparently made a police report regarding the matter too.
She also brought Yap to the veterinarian to apologize when the incident went viral, but the apology wasn’t accepted.
On 31 March, Yap was charged with animal cruelty at the magistrate’s court.
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