Sentence lenient

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 April, 1994, 12:00am

I DISAGREE with the letter on the caning sentence imposed by the Singaporean court on an American teenager convicted of vandalism (Sunday Morning Post, April 10).

The teenager has actually pleaded guilty to some 20 offences involving the vandalism of cars.

I wonder how that writer would feel if one of those cars had been his or hers? Under Singaporean law, such offences carry a mandatory caning sentence, and everyone in Singapore is well aware of this fact.

In fact, the sentence of six strokes can be considered lenient, as many similar offenders receive up to 10. He was perhaps lucky the number was not increased when his court appeal was rejected.

EMILY GOH Conduit Road



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