StanChart robbery suspect fails in bid to stop extradition: Report

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David James Roach allegedly made off with $30,000 from a StanChart branch on 7 July 2016. PHOTO: Nation TV
David James Roach allegedly made off with $30,000 from a StanChart branch on 7 July 2016. PHOTO: Nation TV

SINGAPORE — The man who allegedly pulled off the 2016 robbery of a Standard Chartered bank branch in Holland Village has failed in his appeal to the UK High Court against his extradition to Singapore, The Straits Times reported on Wednesday (12 February).

The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State issued the extradition order against Canadian David James Roach in October 2018.

Roach could still appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

About the case

On the morning of 7 July 2016, Roach allegedly made off with $30,000 from the StanChart branch after he handed over a note to a bank teller. No weapon was used in the robbery.

He then fled to Bangkok and was found at the Boxpackers hostel in the Petchaburi area three days later and held at an immigration detention centre.

The Thai authorities rejected Singapore’s requests for him to be sent back here as there is no extradition treaty between the two countries.

Roach was deported from Thailand on 11 January 2018 after completing a 14-month jail term for failing to declare the large amount of money he had when entering the country.

He arrived in London the same day (UK time), and was then detained by the UK at Singapore’s request.

The Republic sought his extradition on one count of robbery and one count of money laundering. The two countries have an extradition treaty.

The next month, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs said the government had acceded to the UK’s request not to carry out caning on Roach if he is found guilty of robbery.

UK extradition laws prohibit the country from extraditing suspects without an assurance that corporal or capital punishment will not be carried out.

The punishment for robbery is a jail term of between two and 10 years, with a mandatory minimum of six strokes of the cane.

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