R v S.A.S., 2011 BCPC 470

Sentencing of the accused for wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to his girlfriend’s cat, contrary to section 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. Following a domestic dispute, the accused’s girlfriend left their residence to spend the night with a friend. Distraught by her absence, the accused made a number of phone calls and threatened to kill her cat if she did not return home. The accused followed through with his threat and killed the cat, causing it pain and suffering over a prolonged period of time.

The accused was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, followed by two-years probation . Due to time spent in custody prior to the sentencing hearing, the accused was given a credit for the full six months sentence, spending one day in jail as his actual sentence to be served.

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: British Columbia

Topics: cator injurysentencingsufferingunder the influenceunnecessary painwilful

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