Singapore court extends jail term for Swiss train vandal

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A Singapore court on Wednesday increased the prison term for a Swiss vandal from five to seven months after prosecutors appealed for a stiffer penalty for breaking into a high-security train depot.

Oliver Fricker, a 32-year-old software consultant, will now serve four months for trespass -- double the original sentence -- in addition to three months' jail and three strokes of a cane for vandalism.

A judge at Singapore's Court of Appeal said the original trespass sentence was "manifestly inadequate" and a tougher penalty was needed to act as a deterrent to others.

Fricker and a British friend who is still at large cut into a depot in May and spray-painted graffiti onto two train carriages.

Fricker pleaded guilty and began his prison sentence in June. His alleged accomplice was identified in court papers as Lloyd Dane Alexander.

A clip of the vandalised trains leaving a station is still circulating on video-sharing site YouTube, with more than 163,000 views logged so far.

Trespass and vandalism are considered serious offences in the tightly governed city-state.

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