Vandalism is governed by the Vandalism Act in Singapore. It is defined as the unauthorized;
- Writing, drawing, painting, marking or inscribing on any public or private property, or
- Affixing, posting up or displaying of any document on a public or private property, or
- Hanging, affixing or displaying ay object from a public or private property, or
- Stealing, destroying or damaging any public property.
A person convicted of vandalism is liable for
- A fine of up to $2,000, or
- Imprisonment of up to 3 years, and
- 3-8 strokes of the cane
The punishment of caning is subject to Sections 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code. This means that women and men above the age of 50 shall not be caned. Also, no sentence of caning is to be executed in instalments.
Famous vandalism cases in Singapore include those involving foreign nationals Michael Fay and Oliver Fricker. Both were sentenced to jail and caning. You should consult an experienced criminal lawyer if you are facing criminal charges is Singapore.
For more information on the Singapore Criminal procedure, please visit www.singaporecriminallawyer.com