Two more charges for German duo accused of vandalising SMRT train

Two German men, Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz, both 21, were arrested at KLIA for their suspected involvement in vandalising an SMRT train at Bishan Depot earlier this month.

SINGAPORE - The two 21-year-old German citizens accused of vandalising an SMRT train and trespassing at Bishan Depot on November 8 have been slapped with two more charges of entering a protected place without authorisation.

The Straits Times reported that it is understood from their lawyer Christopher Bridges that the pair are likely to plead guilty.

Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz, both 21, are accused of entered the depot in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 on Nov 6 and using indelible spray paint to spray graffiti on the left exterior cabin of the train.

Police said mobile phones, laptops, cameras and three spray nozzles were found in their possession when they arrested the men at Kuala Lumpur International Airport earlier this month.

Criminal Investigation Department Director Tan Chye Hee said that the pair were supposed to depart for Australia but a warrant of arrest was issued by the Singapore State Courts for their apprehension.

They were later found in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur with the assistance of the Royal Malaysia Police and Royal Thai Police.

If found guilty of vandalism, the men will face up to three years in jail or a fine of up to $2,000, and between three and eight strokes of the cane.

For trespassing into a protected area, they also face up to two years in jail or a fine of up to $1,000 or both.