SINGAPORE (AFP) – Two young German men will plead guilty to vandalism, an offence punishable by caning, after spray-painting a metro train in Singapore, their lawyer said Monday.
Lawyer Christopher Bridges said his clients Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz, both 21, would also enter a guilty plea to two counts of trespassing at a hearing on March 5. They will be sentenced the same day.
Vandalism carries a penalty of up to three years in jail or a fine of up to Sg$2,000 ($1,478), and between three and eight strokes of a rattan cane – a punishment dating back to British colonial rule in the city-state.
Bridges told reporters after a closed-door pre-trial hearing with prosecutors and the judge that the number of charges against his clients had been reduced from four to three.
“They will plead guilty and face sentencing next month to the three charges,” Bridges said.
“I cannot confirm … the likelihood of caning. That is up to the discretion of the judge.”
Under the law first-time offenders can be spared caning for vandalism if the “writing, drawing, mark or inscription” can be erased, but not when indelible substances such as paint or tar are used.
For trespassing, the Germans face up to two years in jail, a fine of up to Sg$1,000, or both for each count.