Two German men charged with vandalism at SMRT Bishan depot

The two German men, Andreas Von Knorres (right) and Elton Hinz (left), both 21, were arrested in Kuala Lumpur International Airport for their suspected involvement in vandalising an SMRT train at Bishan Depot earlier this month. -- PHOTOS: WONG
The two German men, Andreas Von Knorres (right) and Elton Hinz (left), both 21, were arrested in Kuala Lumpur International Airport for their suspected involvement in vandalising an SMRT train at Bishan Depot earlier this month. -- PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - Two German men were charged on Saturday morning with the vandalism of an SMRT train and trespassing at Bishan Depot in November.

Andreas Von Knorres and Elton Hinz, both aged 21, will be remanded at Tanglin Police division for a week with the permission to be taken out to assist in investigations and to reenact the scene.

They will next appear at the State Court on Nov 28.

The men were arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Friday as they were about to depart for Australia.

Von Knorres and Hinz are believed by police to have left Singapore for an unspecified destination on Nov 8 shortly after vandalising the train.

They were later located in Bangkok by the Royal Thai Police and then in Kuala Lumpur by the Royal Malaysia Police.

If convicted of vandalism, they face up to three years in jail or a fine of up to $2,000 and between three and eight strokes of the cane.

And if convicted of trespassing into a protected area, they face up to two years in jail or a fine of up to $1,000 or both.