The suspected Yishun cat abuser was on Tuesday (Jan 19) granted bail of S$10,000, after his lawyer applied for bail so he could spend Chinese New Year with his family.
Lee Wai Leong, 40, has been charged with throwing a male cat from the 13th floor of Block 115B Yishun Ring Road on Oct 30. The cat died following the fall.
In court on Tuesday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Lee Zu Zhao said he had just received Lee's psychiatric report from the Institute of Mental Health, and requested some time to review it.
Lee's lawyer Josephus Tan, who is representing him pro bono, said bail has been set at S$10,000. The bail will likely be posted by Lee's father, Mr Tan said.
Mr Tan had said earlier that Lee's family was hoping he would be able to spend Chinese New Year at home.
A pre-trial conference for Lee has been fixed for Feb 15.
Under the Animals and Birds Act, Lee could be fined up to S$15,000, jailed for up to 18 months, or both, for the first offence if convicted. For second and subsequent offences, the maximum penalty is S$30,000 or jail of up to 3 years, or both.
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and police said they received several reports of cats found injured or dead in the Yishun neighbourhood between September and December last year. At least 19 cats have been found dead or injured since September.