Prinsep Link vandal gets 24 months and three strokes for series of offences

The pavement outside Sunshine Plaza at Prinsep Link was vandalised. -- PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
The pavement outside Sunshine Plaza at Prinsep Link was vandalised. -- PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - The ringleader of the Prinsep Link vandalism case was sentenced to a total of 24 months' jail and three strokes of the cane on Monday.

Freelance disc jockey Danial Ryan Salleh, 26, had pleaded guilty to vandalising a pillar of Sunshine Plaza with three others; two counts of theft; sex with a minor; and grievously hurting a taxi driver.

Ten other charges were considered during his sentencing.

Two of his accomplices - Muhammad Qamarul Arifin Sa'adon, 23, and Muhammad Fadzly Aziz, 22 - were each sentenced to two months' jail and three strokes last August for vandalism.

The court heard that the group had been outside a bus stop along Orchard Road after a movie on Nov 4, 2013, when Danial told them of a call he received from someone claiming to be an assistant to the leader of hacker group "Anonymous".

The caller, from Switzerland, told him to get a group to spray the words "We Are One. We Are Legion. We Will Never Forgive. We Will Never Forget. Expect Us". This was supposedly in support of the its fight against the Singapore government.

The group bought two cans of indelible paint from Mustafa Centre. As they were passing Sunshine Plaza at about 4am, Danial used black paint to write graffiti on the pillar. Qamarul, Fadzly and Muhammad Fitri Abu Kasim, 25, acted as lookouts. Fitri was later given a 12-month conditional warning.

In the theft cases, Danial had stolen a 12-year-old student's haversack containing a laptop worth $700 at Costa Sands Resort in June last year with his accomplice; and an earpiece worth $150 from Million Tech at Sim Lim Square later that month.

The court heard he also had unprotected sex with a 15-year-old girl he met on social media platform Twitter in mid-November 2013.

And on March 19 last year, he kicked the door and wing mirror of a taxi when the driver, Mr Ng Cheng Keong, 61, refused to take him and four other passengers along Sims Avenue.

When Mr Ng told him to stop and tried to call the police, Danial punched him once on his face and grabbed his phone. Then when the cabby exited to retrieve his mobile phone, Danial punched him again. Mr Ng suffered facial fractures.

The court backdated Danial's sentence to July 1 last year. He has convictions for cheating, vehicle theft, drug possession and perverting justice.

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