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Man jailed 18 months for cruelty to cats

BANGKOK: A motorcycle taxi driver has been sentenced to one year and six months in jail for cruelty to animals after killing nine cats he had adopted by answering a post on Facebook.

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Thursday 22 September 2016, 02:25PM

Panuwat Singsahut, 26, is taken to a cell at North Bangkok District Court after being sentenced to a total of 18 months in jail for cruelty to animals in killing nine cats he had adopted. Photo: Tawatchai Kemgumnerd
Panuwat Singsahut, 26, is taken to a cell at North Bangkok District Court after being sentenced to a total of 18 months in jail for cruelty to animals in killing nine cats he had adopted. Photo: Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

Panuwat Singsahut, 26, was charged in the North Bangkok District Court on Aug 15 with cruelty to animals after he was found to have killed nine cats – on July 10, 18, 20, 24, 26, 29, 30 and 31 – at his apartment on Lat Phrao Rd.

Panuwat, who was free on B20,000 bail, turned up at the court today (Sept 22), accompanied by relatives, to hear the ruling.

The court found he had violated Sections 20 and 31 of the Prevention of Cruelty and Welfare of Animals Act and Section 381 of the Criminal Code, and sentenced him to a total of 36 months imprisonment on nine counts, each carrying a jail term of 4 months.

Due to his confession, the sentence was halved to 18 months. It was not suspended because Panuwat had previously been given a jail sentence.

His relatives said they would seek Panuwat’s release on bail, pending an appeal.

The court was told Panuwat lived in an apartment in Soi Mahadthai 13 in Wang Thong Lang district and adopted the nine cats after seeing an announcement on Facebook.

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He was allowed to take the cats in his care as he had adopted many cats before.

On Aug 12, a message was published on the Facebook page “Watchdog Thailand” saying that Panuwat did not reply when contacted to return the cats.

A complaint was filed with Wang Thong Lang police.

During a search of his apartment on Aug 14, police found the dead cats in waste containers.

Panuwat told police he had killed the cats in fits of rage.

Read original story here.



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Joe12 | 03 October 2016 - 16:21:15

Why all the bother over 9 dead cats? They're a good source of protein, like sheep, cows, buffalo, dog, horses. Police disturbing his meals..terrible!

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Kurt | 03 October 2016 - 09:47:50

Yes swerv;, I do not know very much about this body humanilation part during such a 'Festival'. 
That is why I asked a question.
To ask a question is different from questioning something, Swerv.
swerv, reading is more than just a quick literally reading. 

It needs thinking, analyzing and reading between the lines too.
And of course understanding the difference between question and questioning. Right?

Reactions are welcome, attacks not. :-)
Of course you can write your own comments as well.

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Kurt | 03 October 2016 - 07:42:11

swerv: The countryside is quite polluted by pesticides.
Actually red a few days ago that by overuse of pesticides farmland yearly get drenched  by pesticides during flooding.
So, there you go with groundwater pollution. It all comes back to people.

About brain led poisoning of thai children, seek around and read literature about it.
Thai medical specialists expressed it already many times.
Proven impact on intellectual- ( lesser study ability)  and mental behavior.

About Vegetarian Festival, advice you to read today's PG article of the Chinese thai chairman of the Phuket shrine association.
Quote:" The thai government does not support this tradition because it is not considered as a part of the thai culture" Unquote.

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swerv | 02 October 2016 - 13:02:59

The majority of Thai's live in the countryside, very little pollution so how did you deduce that Thais are poisoned by lead?
Just another fabrication.

The vegetarian celebration has been going on for 191 years, so who are you to question it? You don't have any celebrations in your country?
It goes to show that you know very little about this festival and why people have instruments pierced in their body.

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Christy Sweet | 02 October 2016 - 08:46:08

Actually Kurt, it was in the water  dispensers at schools. This article linked below is from 2007. Now those children are young adults.

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Kurt | 01 October 2016 - 11:10:14

Yup, many thai got to much led poisoning when they were/are kids because of the smog/fumes produced by cars, busses, trucks.
And don't forget about the poisoning by polluted well fresh water.
( this specially counts for Phuket Island).
Fill up your bath tube, if you have one, in hotel or your home, and check or the water is clear colourless or yellow.

Now we have the Phuket vegetarian festival.
How to think about the mind setting of people who, quite enormous. penetrated body parts with steel?
( just a question, not a opinion)
Photos of it you can see on PN yesterdays report.

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Ed Sanders | 30 September 2016 - 19:09:37

This young man is obviously mentally disturbed. As is so very common here in the LOS, many Thai males are incapable of controlling their anger, and in this case, he has a compulsion to kill animals.  People like the infamous Jeffry Daumer also had a sick compulsion to kill animals before he finally moved on to killing and even eating humans.  This broken human should be taken out of commission, and please never let him become a taxi or tuktuk driver or he'll be killing people in no time.

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Kurt | 30 September 2016 - 11:46:08

The cat killer is now in prison. That happened very quick.
Guess he didn't have the means to drag it on 'to full extent' of the law, like that Red Bull Heir ( Killed a police officer), and that (at that time 16 yrs old) girl without driving license who killed and wounded many people on a BKK highway at night.
They both walk still freely around. 
The red bull heir still has his passport, when his court case dates are there, he flies to Singapore and hide there with a 'cold/running nose'.
And the girl, convicted to community service only, skipped that.
Different thai social/financial level, different way to executive thai laws. 
A financial class society.

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Pussyboy | 29 September 2016 - 23:54:44

Cats have 9 Lives 9x9= 81 he should have got 81 years in Jail O_o

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Joe12 | 24 September 2016 - 16:32:34 what is that you are doing then if you are not reacting to my comment? You reiterate what foot has stated, but obviously you don't bother to read...just write something senseless for the sake of it.

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