Yishun cat abuse case: Mother of suspect shocked by allegations

SINGAPORE - The mother of a 40-year-old man believed to be involved in a series of cat abuse cases in Yishun says his arrest has left her in disbelief.

In an interview with Shin Min Daily News, the 66-year-old also said her son, Lee Wai Leong, rarely goes out alone and is with his family most of the time.

The housewife says she has been feeling sad since her son's arrest, and cries when she feels his absence at the dinner table.

"I hope everything will be over soon, I will teach and guide him further," she said.

According to her, Lee has had a history of epilepsy ever since getting a high fever at the age of one.

Lee's seizures are triggered by cold food, and his parents would have to hold him tight whenever he has an attack, she said.

"He is quiet, enjoys listening to music and keeping fighting fish," she said.

She added that she would take him for check-ups every two years, and that he has good relationships with the neighbours and chats with them whenever they left the house.

Lee is accused of throwing a cat from the 13th floor of a block at Yishun Ring Road on the morning of Oct 30.

Lee is the first person to be charged under the new Animals and Birds Act, which was amended last year to toughen penalties against those convicted of animal cruelty. He did not enter a plea when being charged in court on Tuesday.

He has been remanded for two weeks for psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health.