A Singapore judge has rejected an appeal by a Swiss graffiti vandal to lower his five-month jail term and instead added two months to the sentence.This content was published on August 18, 2010 - 07:50
Justice V.K. Rajah ruled on Wednesday that the 32-year-old computer consultant’s initial sentence of two months for trespassing was insufficient.
The man had appealed against his punishment, arguing he should serve a three-month sentence for vandalism with the trespassing sentence concurrently, rather than consecutively.
He also faces three strokes of the cane for breaking into a train depot with an accomplice and drawing graffiti on two subway carriages on May 16.
While committing the offence, he had been joined by a Briton who later left the country and was not put on trial. Workers did not report the crime for two days.
Singapore punishes vandals severely with up to eight lashes of the cane, three years in prison and a fine of up to 2,000 Singapore dollars (SFr1,550).
"Their conduct was nothing short of audacious and intemperate. This was a stunt that was plainly designed to attract international notoriety to a pair of irresponsible, attention-seeking individuals," Rajah said.
"The laws of Singapore proscribing vandalism are indeed severe. However, needless to say, these are the very laws that are largely responsible for a clean and graffiti-free environment."
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