SELAYANG: A man accused of stuffing a pregnant cat into a clothes dryer at a Gombak laundromat a year ago has been given a chance by the Sessions Court to present his defence.
Judge Rasyihah Ghazali in her ruling at the end of the prosecution stage held that the prosecution had established a prima facie case and ordered K. Ganesh to enter his defence.
The 42-year old accused who was unrepresented asked the court for time to engage a lawyer and prepare his defence.
The contract worker also told the court that a total of five witnesses will be called to testify at the defence stage.
The judge then fixed Sept 30 for the accused's trial.
"I will give you two weeks and your lawyer has to be present.
"But the trial will still go on, on that day (Sept 30) whether or not your lawyer is present and if he does not come, you will give evidence under oath without the presence of a counsel,” the judge said.
The prosecution had called a total of eight witnesses to testify in the trial which started on Aug 30.
Deputy public prosecutors Nurul’Ain Shafie and Roslan Mohd Isa prosecuted.
On Oct 16, last year, Ganesh claimed trial to a charge of ruthlessly causing unnecessary suffering to the feline at the Queen Self-Service launderette in Taman Gombak Ria between 12.54am and 1am on Sept 11, 2018.
The charge under Section 29 (1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 carries a maximum three years’ jail or fine, or both, if convicted.
On Sept 13, last year, news broke on social media that a pregnant cat was found dead in a launderette dryer in Taman Gombak Ria.
The cat was found with severe burns on its body.
CCTV footage later showed that the cat was stuffed into the dryer by three men who then switched on the machine before leaving the cat suffering to death.