Canadian who robbed a rare bank in Singapore He was sentenced to five years in prison and six lashes with a stick, but escaped corporal punishment due to a contract that allowed him to be extradited..
David James Roach, who robbed a branch of Standard Chartered Bank in 2016, was extradited from the UK to Singapore in 2020, promising that the Asian city government would not submit to him.
The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to bank robbery and money laundering, Was sentenced on Wednesday (7) for taking stolen money from the country.
Tradition of the British colonial period, the cane whip is a common punishment in the Asian city-state and a mandatory punishment in robbery cases.
But still Singapore’s Home Office and the Attorney General’s Office said they were “taking the necessary steps to fulfill the guarantee given to the British Government”..
Roche entered a branch and took $ 30,000 (more than R115,000 at current prices) in Singapore after handing over a paper to a bank teller that he was armed and robbed.
This is a very unusual robbery in a country with very low crime rates.
Escape, arrest and extradition
The Canadian first fled to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, where he was arrested on charges of bringing stolen money into the country. But local authorities refused to send him to Singapore as there was no extradition agreement between the two countries.
After his release, Roche was detained at London’s Heathrow Airport on his way back to Canada, and Singapore demanded that he be extradited to the United Kingdom.
Singapore and the UK have a handover agreement, but The British government agreed to deport Roche only if the city government agreed not to impose corporal punishment..
Decades ago the UK abolished harassment and refused to hand over fines to more applicable countries.
Despite the agreement, the Singapore government said in a statement Beating “neither torture nor cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment nor punishment, nor a violation of international law”.