18-year-old Braden Yap still has to go through the one-year good behaviour bond.
The Johor Bahru High Court has overturned the light caning sentence of Braden Yap, the youth who pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court for setting a dog on fire.
However, Yap’s one-year good behaviour bond is still upheld.
According to The Star, High Court Judge Datuk Abu Bakar Katar made the decision after reviewing the sentence that was given by the Sessions Court to 18-year-old Yap on 19 April.
Previously, Yap was sentenced to be caned lightly seven times in open court on 21 May and be placed on a good behaviour bond for one year with a surety of RM10,000.
Due to the wording under Section 293 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CDC), two sentences cannot be given.
Section 293(1)(c) of the CPC allows the court to order a male offender to be whipped with not more than seven strokes of a light cane within the court premises instead of awarding any imprisonment term or good behaviour bond, but not both.
Yap’s lawyer G K Sritharan added that his client’s hand was fractured during the incident with the dog and caning could inflict further injury.
Of course, the (overturning of the caning sentence) will make this case viral again – they will say ‘it’s not fair’ etc, but it will be ok. My client can go on with his life.Yap’s lawyer G K Sritharan, as quoted by Channel News Asia
In March 2023, Yap allegedly hit and set a female dog on fire outside a veterinary clinic along Jalan Impian Emas 22, Taman Impian Emas, in Skudai.
The act was caught on camera and enraged netizens. It was also alleged that Yap has a history of abusing and harassing animals after he was chased by dogs.