StanChart robbery suspect detained in UK at Singapore's request

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David James Roach allegedly stole $30,000 from an SCB branch on 7 July 2016. PHOTO: Nation TV
David James Roach allegedly stole $30,000 from an SCB branch on 7 July 2016. PHOTO: Nation TV

David James Roach, the man who allegedly made off with $30,000 from a Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) branch in Singapore in July 2016, has been detained in the United Kingdom at Singapore’s request.

In a joint statement from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), authorities said that Roach was deported from Thailand on 11 January this year after serving his imprisonment term for commission of criminal offences there.

He arrived in London the same day (UK time), where he was arrested by UK authorities.

“We are working with the UK authorities to commence the extradition proceedings,” said the statement.

On 7 July 2016, Roach went to the SCB branch in Holland Village, where he allegedly stole $30,000 after handing over a note to the bank teller. No weapon was used during the robbery.

The Canadian subsequently fled to Bangkok, where he was detained on 10 July. He reportedly denied any involvement in the robbery.

Thailand last year rejected Singapore’s request to extradite Roach. There is no extradition treaty between the two countries.

Singapore, however, does have an extradition treaty with the UK.

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