Should the ‘sticker lady’ be charged under the Vandalism Act?
Posted by temasektimes on June 11, 2012
The arrest of a 25 year old woman Samantha Lo aka ‘Sticker Lady’ for vandalizing several public properties including spraying paint on roads has polarized public opinion in Singapore with many pleading for leniency on her behalf.
While most Singaporeans agree that her acts are wrong, they differ in what should be the appropriate legal response. If Samantha is charged under the Vandal Act, she can be jailed for up to three years, but if she is charged for causing public nuisance, she is only subjected to a fine of up to $1,000.
Speaking to queries from the media, Associate Professor Chan Wing Cheong at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore said it is important to determine the motivations behind the law in deciding the one to be used:
“In deciding what is the appropriate law to be used, we should turn to the origins of that law – what were the motivations behind the law when it was passed? What was the mischief the law was meant to target?”
He added that though the acts of the ‘Sticker Lady’ may show a degree of preparation and deliberation, they are not on the ‘same scale’ as what was intended to be caught by Parliament when the Vandalism Act was passed.
“She is also not of the same category as a hooligan or a member of a street gang painting leftist slogans. It will be useful in the public discussion on whether any, and what, charges are appropriate in her case to remember what the Vandalism Act was about,” Prof Chan said.
Police investigations are still currently ongoing.