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    SINGAPORE - Singapore said on Tuesday it had agreed to a request from Britain not to carry out corporal punishment on a suspected bank robber if he is extradited to face charges in the city-state.

    David Roach, a Canadian national who allegedly stole $30,000 from a Standard Chartered bank branch in July 2016, was detained in Britain in January on an extradition request from Singapore.

    He is being sought on one count of robbery, which carries a minimum prison sentence of two years and at least six strokes of the cane, and on one count of money laundering.

    "The Singapore government has agreed to the UK authorities'request. UK extradition laws prohibit UK from extraditing Roach to Singapore in the absence of such an assurance," the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.

    "The provision of the assurance is being done to try and ensure that Roach does not escape justice, and does not affect the general position taken by Singapore on corporal punishment. The UK Courts will decide whether to extradite Roach."

    The rare bank robbery in Singapore sparked a flurry of debate about whether the country has grown too complacent about security.

    Singapore has very low levels of crime, thanks in part to decades of strict policing and tough punishments, ranging from death for drug trafficking and murder to prison and caning for lesser crimes.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 17:35

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    Stomp contributor Alan was at Chinatown Point's carpark when he witnessed a fight between two drivers at around 5.26pm on Feb 9.

    He caught the entire incident of what he described as "absurd behaviour" on his car camera and shared it with Stomp.

    Alan was waiting to turn right when the driver of the car in front of him suddenly exited his vehicle in a rage to confront a van driver who had turned right only to reverse into a parking lot to the left.

    In the video, the driver in yellow storms towards the van and starts berating the driver, even reaching into the vehicle to grab a bag and throw it to the ground.

    A man, believed to be a companion of the van driver, rushes over to confront the man in yellow and starts throwing punches.

    Soon the van driver leaps out of his vehicle to join the fight, throwing kicks and punches before grabbing the man by the neck and throwing him to the ground.

    Other acquaintances of both drivers rush to break up the fight and they proceed to retreat to their respective vehicles.

    However, the driver in yellow then unexplainably drives his vehicle right at a man from the van before jamming his brakes in what appears to be an act of intimidation.

    He then turns right and stops a few lots down from the van before the video ends.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:09

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    A 45-year-old married man had sex with a 15-year-old girl five times within three days and was sentenced to 24 months' jail.

    The sexual acts took place in a hotel pool, a multi-storey carpark and in his car, between November and December 2016, reported Shin Min Daily News.

    After the incident was exposed, the man, a director of a company, divorced from his wife, lost his job and is now working as an Uber driver.

    Chen Liyuan, 45, fetched a monthly salary of over $10,000 during the time of the incident.

    He forked out $1,600 from his salary which he paid as 'allowance' to his sugar baby, who was only 15 years old then.

    Chen faced five counts of having sexual relations with a minor, of which he was charged with three.

    The two others were taken into consideration during the sentencing.

    The court heard that Chen had met the girl in November 2016 via a website, 'Seeking Arrangement' and exchanged contact details with her.

    The two chatted on WhatsApp after that and reached an agreement -- Chen would give the girl a $1,600 'allowance'.

    In exchange, the girl would provide Chen with companionship and sex.

    According to court documents, on Dec 15, 2016, at around 7.30pm, Chen and the girl met at Capella Hotel in Sentosa.

    He then brought the girl to a pool, where he asked her to perform oral sex on him.

    On the same day, Chen drove the girl to Nex Shopping Centre.

    Along the way, Chen stopped his car at a section of Bishan Road, near a bus stop.

    There, the girl was asked to perform oral sex on Chen again.

    Three days later, on Dec 18, Chen and the girl met again at a void deck of a Housing and Development Board (HDB) block in Hougang so the girl could collect her allowance.

    Afterwards, the girl performed oral sex and the pair engaged in sexual intercourse in Chen’s car which was parked at a multi-storey carpark nearby. 

    Chen's lawyer said during the mitigation plea that Chen has a seven-year-old son from his previous marriage, and owed credit card debts amounting to $37,000.

    He also said that his client felt remorse over his actions and was depressed, having lost his job and his marriage.

    Chen was sentenced to 24 months' jail.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 14:53

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    About 685,000 registered user profiles on the HardwareZone (HWZ) Forum website were found to be affected in a security breach, following an investigation into a suspicious posting on Feb 18, 2018.

    According to a press release from SPH Magazines which owns the website, investigations found that a Senior Moderator’s account had been compromised by an unidentified hacker. It was used to view approximately 685,000 registered user profiles since September 2017.

    "The hacker used the compromised credentials to impersonate the Senior Moderator to retrieve user profile data which comprised name, email address and user ID, and possible optional data fields," said the statement. 

    It added that the HWZ database does not contain NRIC numbers, telephone numbers and addresses as these were purged in line with the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) Guidelines in July 2015.  

    Forum users have been advised to change their forum account password.

    SPH Magazines says a police report has been lodged and PDPC has been informed. It has also engaged security consultants to conduct a thorough review of the system.  

    "SPH Magazines and HWZ sincerely apologise to HWZ users for this breach of security. We remain committed to protecting all personal data shared with us," said the statement.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 15:10
    HardwareZone Forum hit by security breach involving 685,000 users

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