On Thursday, two young German men were sentenced to nine months imprisonment and three strokes of the cane for destroying an MRT train.
Andreas Von Knorre, 22, and Elton Hinz, 21, gained access to the Bishan train depot on Nov 7 last year through a drainage system and by scaling a wall. Before they left, they surveyed the area and returned the next day. They spray painted graffiti measuring 1.8m in height and 10m in length on a train carriage.
Five eighteen years-old teenagers were caught after vandalizing a rooftop located at Toa Payoh Lorong 4. Calling themselves as Mikecool, were also charged for several other offences for climbing into construction site and transgressing on locations like Marina Bay Suites condominium and Jalan Rajah.
Five men were caught in relation to a vandalism at the pavement outside the Sunshine Plaza. The vandalism is believed to have happened around 4 a.m during November 2013. Among those who are involved are two national service men and a freelance deejay.
Michael Fay made worldwide headlines in 1994 when he was punished for damaging cars and public property in spite of an appeal for clemency by the then President Bill Clinton.
Fay was born in the United States in 1975 but moved to Singapore in 1992 to be with his mother and stepfather who were working here. During his stay in Singapore, Michael studied at the Singapore American School (SAS).
In 1993, the American teen and his friends, some of whom were also from the SAS, carried out acts of theft and vandalism on a number of occasions. These crimes involved spray-painting cars, pelting cars with eggs and stealing signboards. In late 1993, Fay in company of his friends was arrested. On March 3, 1994, Fay was given a four months imprisonment sentence, fined $3,500, and six strokes of the cane.
His friends got different sentences based on the gravity of their offences. One was given twelve strokes of the cane and the other was fine $800.
After the clemency appeal of President Clinton to the Singapore President Ong Teng Cheong, the Singapore Government reduced Fay’s penalty from six strokes to four.