Singapore assures UK wanted bank robber will not face corporal punishment if extradited

Singapore has agreed to the UK’s request for an assurance that, if extradited to Singapore, Canadian David James Roach would not be sentenced to corporal punishment. Singapore is seeking the extradition of Mr Roach on charges of robbery and money laundering, after he allegedly stole $30,000 from a branch of Standard Chartered in an unarmed robbery. The charges carry possible penalties of up to 10 years in jail and at least six strokes of the cane for the robbery charge.

He originally fled to Thailand, where he was arrested, but Thailand refused Singapore’s extradition request on the basis that the countries have no extradition treaty between them. He was sentenced to 14 months in jail in Thailand, after which he sought to return to Canada but was arrested at Heathrow airport in the UK.