Canadian jailed for robbing StanChart bank in Singapore may escape caning

Canadian David James Roach arriving in Singapore on March 17 last year, after his extradition from Britain.- SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): A Canadian man who escaped with more than S$30, 000 after robbing a Standard Chartered Bank branch in Holland Avenue on July 7, 2016, was sentenced to five years' jail and six strokes of the cane on Wednesday (July 7).

However, he may not be caned as the Singapore Government had assured Britain that any corporal sentence would not be carried out in order to secure his extradition, and said last night it was working through the necessary procedures to fulfil this assurance.

David James Roach, now 31, who fled Singapore soon after the robbery, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count each of robbery and moving his criminal gains out of Singapore.

During submissions, Deputy Public Prosecutor Marcus Foo called on Deputy Principal District Judge Luke Tan to sentence Roach to six years' jail and nine strokes of the cane.

Roach's lawyer Anand Nalachandran asked for a lighter sentence, stressing that his client was not armed with a gun during the robbery.

Judge Tan, who said Roach had committed "daylight robbery" in a "brazen" manner, sentenced Roach to five years' jail and six strokes of the cane. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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