Sentence for vandalism
On June 25, 2010, Oliver Fricker became the second high-profile foreigner (after Michael P. Fay in 1994) to be sentenced to caning for vandalism in Singapore. He was sentenced to five months’ jail and three strokes of the cane under the Vandalism Act and Protected Areas and Protected Places Act. On appeal, the jail sentence was increased to seven months.
He pleaded guilty to cutting through the fence of an SMRT Changi train depot with an accomplice and spray painting two metro train carriages with the words “McKoy Banos”, a widely documented signature of graffiti artists who have vandalised trains around the world. Fricker was arrested on May 25, just two days before he was to leave for a new job in Switzerland. An arrest warrant was also issued for his British accomplice, Dane Alexander Lloyd.