Report: Singapore burglar gets 24 cane lashes

AP News
Posted: Jun 24, 2011 1:47 AM
Report: Singapore burglar gets 24 cane lashes

A news report says a judge in Singapore has sentenced a 48-year-old odd-job worker to 24 cane lashes and 13 years in prison for a two-year burglary spree.

The New Paper reported Friday that District Court Judge Paul Quan called Bay Buck Siong "a menace to society" for breaking into 145 apartments between 2009 and earlier this year and stealing 900,000 Singapore dollars ($728,000) worth of valuables.

The paper said Bay has already served two jail terms for burglary, and that he promised not to burglarize homes again.

Singapore imposes caning to punish minor crimes such as graffiti vandalism. The government argues the harsh punishments help the city-state maintain one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world.