Yahoo Poll: Should Singapore have agreed to take caning off the table?

Police officers outside the Standard Chartered Bank branch in Holland Village that was robbed. (File photo: Nicholas Yong/Yahoo News Singapore)

When the Holland Village branch of Standard Chartered Bank was robbed in 2016, it sent shockwaves around Singapore, which normally enjoys a low rate of crime. The brazen nature of the heist even had the family of Canadian suspect David Roach shocked.

After being arrested in Bangkok, Roach was sent to the United Kingdom’s, where he was detained at Singapore’s request. There, he faced a legal battle to fight his being extradited to Singapore.

In February, the Singapore government acceded to the UK’s request not to cane Roach if he were found guilty of robbery. On Wednesday, a UK court finally ruled – pending approval from the UK government – that Roach can be extradited, as long as he is not caned.

What do you think of this move? Should Singapore have agreed to the UK’s request to exclude caning from Roach’s sentence if he is convicted? Have your say in our poll, and leave a comment below.

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