Man pleads guilty to vandalising Cenotaph war memorial, sentencing on Aug 26
A security guard pleaded guilty on Monday to vandalising the Cenotaph War Monument by using a can of spray paint to write the word "DEMOCRACY'' and to mark an "X'' on it.
Mohamad Khalid Mohamad Yusop, 33, committed the offence at the Esplanade Park at Connaught Drive at about 11.10pm on April 23.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Wee Hao said on his day off, Khalid left home with a can of indelible red spray paint to use it to spray an "X'' at a location that could be seen by the public. He targeted the Cenotaph War Memorial by spraying an "X'' over the dates 1914-1918 on the wall followed by the word "DEMOCRACY'' on top of the "X''.
A couple were walking towards the Padang from the Esplanade when they saw Khalid crossing the road and climbing up the stairs to the Cenotaph. They saw him committing the act. When the man confronted Khalid and asked what he was doing, Khalid replied it was art. He also said it was a "revolution''.