Meaning to Vandalism Something

What does it mean to vandalise something?

Singapore criminal lawyers will define any of the following acts will count as ‘vandalism’, so long as they are done without consent from the owner of the (private) property, or the authority in charge of the (public) property.

· Writing, drawing, painting, marking or inscribing on any public property or private property any word, slogan, caricature, drawing, mark, symbol or other thing;

· Affixing, posting up or displaying on any public property or private property any poster, placard, advertisement, bill, notice, paper or other document; or

· Hanging, suspending, hoisting, affixing or displaying on or from any public property or private property any flag, bunting, standard, banner or the like with any word, slogan, caricature, drawing, mark, symbol or other thing; or

· Stealing, destroying or damaging any public property;

What can the police do to me?

The powers of the police are a topic of many civil proceedings in Singapore, and it is important to know what they can and cannot do to you. If you are caught by the police whilst vandalizing property, they can demand you show proof that you have written consent to mark the property – failure to produce this consent may result in a $500 fine.

The police can also search and seize anything (e.g. posters, placards, bunting, papers) they suspect was used in an act of vandalism.


If you are charged for Vandalism, you might be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years, and caning between 3 – 8 strokes.

Caning will not be employed as punishment if the vandalism involved removable posters/buntings or the destruction of property, or if the graffiti is non-permanent orwashable (i.e. done with pencil, crayon, chalk or other delible substance or thing and not with paint, tar or other indelible substance).

With strict laws on vandalism, it is advisable to seek legal advice from a criminallawyer in Singapore and contact acivil dispute law firm.

Reckless or Fraudulent Trading

Want to know how to fulfil your statutory duties and to avoid criminal liability? It is recommended that you seek advice from our Singapore Commercial Lawyers at Gloria James-Civetta!

If in the winding up of a company or in any proceeding against the company…
Section 339(3) of the Companies Act

It appears that an officer of the company knowingly incurs debts where there is no reasonable expectation of repayment.

Who is an officer of the court?

  • Any director or secretary;
  • A person employed in an executive capacity;
  • A recivever annd manager of any part of the undertaking of the cooerperation
  • Any liquidator of a company appointed in a voluntary winding up.

Sentence: Fine not exceeding $15,000 and imprisonment for up to 7 years

Section 340(1) & (5) of the Companies Act

Any person who was knowingly a party to the carrying on of any business of the company…

  • With the intent to defraud creditors of the company;
  • With the intent to defraud creditors of any other person;
  • For any fraudulent purpose.

Sentence: Fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment for up to 3 months.

Need help?

Are you facing criminal charges or under investigation? The trial process is often a mentally draining and challenging experience. You should seek a criminal defence lawyer to help you to present your case to the court in the best way possible. Not having a defence lawyer will put you at a great disadvantage. Should you have any questions or require legal representation, kindly contact Singapore criminal lawyers Gloria James-Civetta & Co on 6337-0469 for a free consultation, or email us at