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    Jan 04, 2016

    Yishun cat abuse suspect to get lawyer

    THE man charged with animal cruelty last week, after he allegedly threw a cat to its death at a Yishun Housing Board block, will be getting a lawyer to represent him on a pro bono basis.

    Revealing this in a Facebook post yesterday, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said volunteers also told him that, according to the man's family, the accused, Lee Wai Leong, 40, has a medical condition.

    "(His family members) said that he had the mentality of a kid, suffers from epilepsy fits and seizures that occur almost on a daily basis. He gives monosyllabic answers to questions. He does not work. He never went beyond (Primary 4), and was exempted from (National Service) because of his medical condition. He gets treatment at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital," wrote Mr Shanmugam.

    He added that the aged parents of Lee "are very worried" and said that "they cannot afford to engage a lawyer and asked for help to get a lawyer".

    Believing it was the right thing to do given the circumstances, Mr Shanmugam asked a lawyer who helps in his branch to assist Lee.

    "I don't think people will therefore assume that I or the lawyer condone cruelty to animals. Far from it," he said.