Latest News

Man Allegedly Abuses & Throws Cats Down HDB Blocks, Faces 5 Animal Cruelty Charges

Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charges For Allegedly Abusing Cats In Ang Mo Kio

While there are many animal lovers in Singapore, there are also those who choose to mistreat innocent creatures instead.

Between 2020 and 2021, a man allegedly abused five cats in Ang Mo Kio, including throwing two of them down HDB blocks.

Source: Adobe Stock Images, for illustration purposes only

On Wednesday (1 Feb), 30-year-old Barrie Lin Pengli returned to court to face five animal cruelty charges.

He is currently out on bail and will return to court in March.

Man allegedly abused cats, threw them down HDB blocks

According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), the first incident occurred at around 1.50am on 18 Apr 2020.

The charges state that Lin trapped a cat in a small waterproof bag at Block 544 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, causing it unnecessary suffering.

Source: Google Maps

Three days later, he allegedly threw another feline down from the 12th floor of Block 572 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.

This happened at about 3.30am, and the cat did not survive.

Then, at about 4.30am on 21 Apr, Lin reportedly trapped a third cat in a small waterproof bag with limited ventilation at Block 207 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.

In May of that same year, he allegedly threw a fourth cat down from the eighth floor of Block 645 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6.

Read more!

Source: Google Maps

Afterwards, he stomped on its neck, resulting in its death.

A fifth cat purportedly fell victim to him on 27 Dec 2021.

Lin is accused of picking the feline up and slamming it twice against the wall. This occurred at around 5.17am, again at Block 645 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6.

Continuing treatment with private psychiatrist

In court, Lin’s lawyer Azri Imran Tan said that the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) required a private psychiatrist report before they could produce a forensic report.

The private psychiatrist report is expected to be ready by the end of this month. Mr Tan will then forward it to IMH.

He added that his client will start a new job on 15 Feb and is continuing with treatment with his private psychiatrist.

Lin is currently out on a bail of S$5,000 and will be back in court in March.

Under the Animals and Birds Act, the penalties for animal cruelty include up to 18 months’ jail, a fine of up to S$15,000 fine, or both.

Have news you must share? Get in touch with us via email at

Featured image adapted from Akira on Unsplash, for illustration purposes only.

Nicole Foo

Nicole thinks about Ya Kun Set C a bit too often.

Recent Posts

Bukit Timah Fishball Noodles Stall Closing After 45 Years, Owners Cite Rising Costs

If you miss out on their last day, fret not -- the owner is planning…

5 Dec 2023, 2:01 am

Commuter Who Forced MRT Doors Open Says She Wanted To Test Them, Identifies As Woman

Woodlands businesses have seen her out and about, sometimes playing loud music.

5 Dec 2023, 12:15 am

Soh Rui Yong’s Champion Timing For Standard Chartered Marathon Wins 4D 2nd Prize

"I can tell the future," he joked.

4 Dec 2023, 10:49 pm

S’pore Youths Climb On Railings To Avoid Cockroach In Lift, Run Screaming When Doors Open

They ran into a second cockroach immediately afterwards.

4 Dec 2023, 7:13 pm

Redditors Say Lifelike SCDF Posters At Kent Ridge MRT Station Look Creepy, Have ‘Uncanny Valley’ Vibes

Redditors wondered if they were generated in 'The Sims' or with AI software.

4 Dec 2023, 5:11 pm