Man sentenced to jail and caning for trying to enter Singapore illegally on sampan

·Editorial team

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to six weeks in jail and four strokes of the cane for attempting to illegally enter Singapore on a sampan.

The man, identified as Erpendi by authorities, was arrested along with a 16-year-old male, said the police and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a joint news release on Wednesday (20 February). Ther nationalities remain unclear.

In consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the teenager was administered with a stern warning in lieu of prosecution.

The duo was detected on the wooden craft at sea off East Coast Park heading towards Singapore at about 10.46pm on 10 February.

Less than an hour later at 11.33pm, they were intercepted and arrested for attempted unlawful entry into Singapore under the Immigration Act, said the authorities.

For attempted unlawful entry, the man could face up to six months in jail and a minimum of three strokes of the cane.

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