2 women sentenced to 120 hours of community service for sacrificing rabbits and rats for witchcraft


Two Hong Kong women who hired a senior student to practice witchcraft by sacrificing small live animals such as rabbits and rats were sentenced to 120 hours of community service on Friday, according to local media.

Eastern Daily said the couple – Kwok Wan-hei, 29, and Lau Wing-ki, 32 – earlier each pleaded to one count of conspiracy to commit acts of animal cruelty.

The court heard that animal welfare campaigners found an Instagram user promoting services to sacrifice live animals, such as rabbits and rats, as part of a ritual to improve people’s lives. relationships from HK$15,000 ($1,914) last August.

The user who provided the services is Tong Chuek-him, a 19-year-old senior student.

The two women visited him for relationship issues, with Kwok and Lau paying HK$52,000 and HK$12,000 respectively in total.

The defense appealed for clemency, saying the two defendants were remorseful and had learned a big lesson.

Kwok’s attorney also submitted a report from a psychiatrist, which proved that she was suffering from severe depression at the time.

While she used an inappropriate method to deal with her emotional issues, she is now remorseful and follows a vegetarian diet 10 days a month, the lawyer added.

Lau’s attorney pointed out that she broke up with her boyfriend of over 10 years and committed the crime of changing his love fortunes.

During sentencing, magistrate Veronica Heung said she believed this incident was unique and that the defendants committed the offense due to emotional issues at the time.

As the risks of recidivism are not high in the future, she decided to sentence each person to 120 hours of community service.

Tong, a student at the Vocational Institute, was earlier sentenced to a rehabilitation center after pleading guilty to nine counts of animal abuse.

Another client, Choi Ching-ning, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to 120 hours of community service.


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