Date
21 October 2018
A judge at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts spared jail time for a man in an animal cruelty case in view of the defendant’s mental state and psychiatric reports. Photo:  i-Cable News
A judge at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts spared jail time for a man in an animal cruelty case in view of the defendant’s mental state and psychiatric reports. Photo: i-Cable News

Man who threw dog off building ordered to psychiatric hospital

A Hong Kong court on Thursday issued a four-month hospital order to a man who was accused of killing his dog by throwing it off a tall building. 

A judge at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts heard earlier that the 23-year-old defendant, Hugo Ho Tsz-kwan, took his dog, a Japanese Spitz that he had raised for 10 years, to the rooftop of his apartment building in Cheung Sha Wan on April 4 this year.

As Ho and the dog were waking on the rooftop, he suddenly picked up the animal and threw it off the 28-storey building.

The dog died after landing on a platform on the second floor. An examination revealed that it died from multiple organ bursts and bone fractures.

After being found by the police, Chan initially claimed that he was not home when the dog died, only to admit later that he had flung the animal in a sudden fit of anger.

Chan, who has been detained since his arrest, pleaded guilty to a charge of cruelty to animal at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday.

In mitigation, the defense lawyer said the defendant lived with his parents and was the only the only breadwinner in the family, and that Chan has been remorseful for what he did.

Announcing the punishment, a judge said Chan’s crime normally warrants jail time, but an exception is being made in view of the defendant’s mental state and psychiatric reports, Apple Daily reports. 

While slamming Chan, who works as a salesman at a stationery shop, for causing unnecessary pain to the dog, the magistrate decided to put him to a psychiatric hospital for treatment for a period of four months.

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