Ringleader gets jail, caning for several offences

Ringleader gets jail, caning for several offences
The pavement outside Sunshine Plaza at Prinsep Link, which has been spray-painted with the words “WE ARE ONE WE ARE LEGION EXPECT US!!”.

SINGAPORE - The ringleader of the Prinsep Link vandalism case was sentenced to two years' jail and three strokes of the cane yesterday for vandalism, theft, sex with a minor and causing grievous hurt.

Freelance disc jockey Danial Ryan Salleh, 26, who faced 15 charges, had pleaded guilty to five charges earlier this month.

He is the last in the group of four to be dealt with over graffiti sprayed on the pavement outside Sunshine Plaza and on a pillar there on Nov 5, 2013.

Two of his three accomplices - Muhammad Qamarul Arifin Sa'adon, 23, and Muhammad Fadzly Aziz, 22 - got two months' jail and three strokes each for vandalism last August while Danial's sentence on this charge alone was five months and caning.

The court heard that the group were at a bus stop along Orchard Road after watching a movie on Nov 4, 2013, when Danial told them of an overseas call he received from someone claiming to be an assistant to the leader of the hacker group "Anonymous".

The caller, from Switzerland, told him to get a group to spray the words: "We Are One. We Are Legion. We Will Never Forgive. We Will Never Forget. Expect Us."

This was supposedly in support of its fight against the Singapore Government.

"Anonymous" had posted a video on YouTube threatening cyber attacks on the Singapore Government in late October that year.

The group agreed to help Danial and "Anonymous". Later, at about 3am, they bought two cans of indelible paint from Mustafa Centre.

As they were passing Sunshine Plaza on the way to their intended destination in Somerset, Danial used black spray paint to write purported anti-government graffiti on the pillar.

Qamarul, Fadzly and Muhammad Fitri Abu Kasim, 25, acted as lookouts. Fitri was later given a 12-month conditional warning.

In the theft cases, Danial had stolen a 12-year-old student's haversack containing a laptop worth $700 and other items at Costa Sands

Resort on June 1 last year with his accomplice.

That same month, he filched an earpiece worth $150 from Million Tech at Sim Lim Square.

Through Twitter, Danial came to know a 15-year-old girl in March 2013. He had unprotected sex with her at his home when no one else was around about six months later.

The court heard that on March 19 last year, Danial punched a taxi driver - causing the 61-year-old to suffer facial fractures - for rejecting his unlawful request to ferry five passengers.

He was then intoxicated on alcohol and cough syrup.


This article was first published on January 27, 2015.
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