German vandals ordered jailed, caned in Singapore

German vandals ordered jailed, caned in Singapore
Elton Hinz (L) and Andreas Von Knorre were sentenced after pleading guilty.

SINGAPORE - A Singapore court on Thursday 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 in this case will be a total of nine months... and the mandatory minimum of three strokes of the cane," District Judge Liew Thiam Leng said.

"Overall, the court is of the view that the circumstances and facts of this case will justify the proposed sentenced given by the prosecution," he added.

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.

Both men fled Singapore after the incident but were caught in neighbouring Malaysia en route to Australia, where they were working, and extradited.

The hearing in the packed courtroom, filled with German and other international journalists, was delayed for around two hours because an interpreter was not available.

Both men, handcuffed and dressed in white and brown prison attire, requested to speak directly to the judge before he handed down the sentence.

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