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.

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