SINGAPORE — A man was charged with robbing the Standard Chartered Bank branch in Holland Village in 2016 on Tuesday (17 March) following his extradition from the United Kingdom.
David James Roach was produced in the State Courts via a video link on Tuesday afternoon before District Judge Terence Tay.
The 30-year-old Canadian was charged with robbing $30,450 in the possession of one Jeanette Yang Jiayi between 11.05am and 11.20am on 7 July 2016 at the StanChart branch.
Roach also faces one count of removing criminal proceeds of the same amount out of Singapore when he fled to Bangkok hours after his robbery. He was later found in the Boxpackers hostel in the Petchaburi area of Bangkok and arrested on 10 July 2016.
Roach told the court that he has not made a decision on his charges.
Following an application by the prosecution, the court said no bail would be extended to Roach as he is a high flight risk given his previous conduct.
Following investigations by Thai authorities, Roach confessed to money laundering, violating the foreign exchange act and failing to declare that he was carrying more than US$20,000 in cash into the country, according to the Bangkok Post. He was jailed 14 months and deported on 11 January 2018 to the UK.
The authorities in Singapore then sought the assistance of the UK authorities to arrest Roach in order to extradite him to Singapore.
In August 2018, after ruling that the requirements for Singapore’s extradition request under UK law had been met, the UK Magistrate sent the case to the UK Secretary of State to decide whether to extradite Roach to Singapore on two charges of robbery and money laundering.
Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs also acceded to the UK’s request not to cane Roach if he were found guilty of robbery, as part of extradition proceedings.
The UK Secretary of State ordered the extradition on 23 October 2018. On 31 October 2018, Roach applied to the UK High Court for permission to appeal against the Magistrate’s decision to send the case to the UK Secretary of State. His application was refused on 13 August 2019.
Roach renewed his application to the UK High Court for permission to appeal. On 31 October 2019, the UK High Court granted Roach permission to appeal but limited this permission to his extradition on the money laundering charge. The UK High Court heard and dismissed Roach’s appeal on 4 February 2020.
On 17 February this year, Roach applied for an order to reopen extradition proceedings and also to stay the proceedings pending the determination of the application to reopen. The application was rejected by the UK High Court on 5 March.
With the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Service, Roach was handed over to the Singapore Police Force’s custody on 16 March 2020. He arrived in Singapore on 17 March.
Roach will have his case mentioned in court again on 7 April.
If convicted on removing property from the jurisdiction, he faces a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a maximum fine of $500,000.
If convicted of robbery, he can be jailed between two years and 10 years and caned no less than six strokes.
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