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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 | 24 September 2016 - 16:32:34

Kurt...lol 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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Kurt | 24 September 2016 - 10:35:51

To other readers:  Joe12 insinuates I did react on some of his writing regarding this article.
That is not true. 
I ignore him already almost 2 weeks now.( cordon sanitair)

Sir Burr, did you take note of it?

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Joe12 | 23 September 2016 - 19:46:23

Kurt ... what part of my comment don't you understand? "...because it's rare for someone to get into a car and deliberately run down 9 and kill people. The law in this case was used to its full extent. Likewise, the penalty would be similarly commensurate with the offence had he deliberately run down 9 people." 

Oh.. I forgot, you can't.

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Kurt | 23 September 2016 - 12:00:07

Wow, a prove of thai law can work very fast.
18 months for 9 cats.

He 'overtakes' in his prison walk the here below mentioned 2 human life killers.

Very different from that killing red bull heir boy, right?
How much now for him? Still walk freely 4 years already.

And that girl which was 16 years old, no driving license and killed a number of people on the road in BKK at night, years ago.

Seems cat life are more valued than human life in Thailand.

Or is there something in the thai justice system what divides happenings/matters?
Different law implementations and executiving for different social classes in Thailand.  Stone aged.

Don't miss understand me. This animal cruelty was very bad.

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bigasail33 | 23 September 2016 - 07:52:15

Thank God I am a Catolic and love dogs,Horst 

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Joe12 | 22 September 2016 - 22:09:59

Foot... that's because it's rare for someone to get into a car and deliberately run down 9 and kill people. The law in this case was used to its full extent. Likewise, the penalty would be similarly commensurate with the offence had he deliberately run down 9 people.

Seems at odds with other commentators, who wanted Police to drop everything - even though it's not their job - to track down an enterprising mahout touting his elephant on the beach, throw him in jail and throw away the key. The poor elephant apparently gets sunburn. 

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Foot | 22 September 2016 - 16:28:34

I guess those 9 lives are gone.
It's ironic that if someone kills another person on the highway, they get a small fine and little, if any, time in jail.
I guess a cat's life is worth more than a human's.

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Surprised Wolf | 22 September 2016 - 16:03:38

Lousy family he has. He committed the crime so he should get punishment. Why does his family think he should not get punishment? Because he is family? So that fact he is family cancels his acts? Come on..!

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