Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More jail time for Swiss man in Singapore graffiti case‎

Do you remember this story?
Well, now there are some news about it.

SINGAPORE, Aug 18 (Bernama) -- A Swiss national who had appealed to reduce his five-month jail term for trespassing and vandalism, was instead given an additional two months to the sentence by the Appeal Court here Wednesday.

Justice V. K. Rajah doubled software consultant Oliver Fricker's earlier sentence for trespassing, from two months to four after finding it insufficient.

The court also stayed the three strokes of the caning sentence on the 32-year-old Singapore-based consultant.

On June 25, Fricker was sentenced to two months' jail for trespassing into the SMRT city-train depot in Changi and another three months for vandalising two coaches with graffiti on May 16.

Fricker had appealed that the two sentences run concurrently.

The court heard that Fricker committed the offences with an alleged accomplice, identified as Dane Alexander Lloyd, 29, a Briton, who has since left Singapore, and was now on the police wanted list.

The pair had cut a hole in the fence near a secluded part of the depot before entering it and painting the coaches nearest to the fence.

The vandalism came to light after a picture of the coaches taken by a member of the public, who thought the graffiti was a gimmick by the train company, was published by a newspaper.

Deploring the crimes, Rajah said the stunt was designed to bring the two irresponsible individuals instant international notoriety.

The court was also told that Fricker had a previous conviction record for property damage in Switzerland in 2001, which gave weight to today�s sentencing.

Vandalism here carries a fine of up to $2,000 or up to three years in jail, in addition to three to eight strokes of the cane.

Taken from: Bernama

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