9 month imprisoned for spray-painting train

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A Singapore court has sentenced two young German men to nine months in prison and three strokes of the cane for spray-painting a metro train in the city-state last year.

Andreas Von Knorre, 22, and Elton Hinz, 21, were sentenced after pleading guilty to vandalism and trespassing. Both asked for mercy before sentencing and called their acts a “stupid mistake”.

“The imprisonment sentence is nine months in total and the mandatory three strokes of the cane,” District Judge Liew Thiam Leng said.

They were sentenced to four months in jail for breaking into a suburban train depot in November 2014 and five months and three strokes of the cane for vandalising a carriage with spray paint.

“This is the darkest episode of my entire life,” said Von Knorre said. “I am very angry with myself.”
Both men fled Singapore after the incident but were caught in neighbouring Malaysia en route to Australia and extradited.

Singapore, a leading Asian financial hub, is known for its tough stance on crime.

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