Standard Chartered Bank Robber Arrested in the UK and Faces Extradition to Singapore
David James Roach, the man who robbed a Standard Chartered bank in 2016, faces extradition to Singapore. After serving a 14-month prison term in Thailand, Mr. Roach was deported to the UK. Upon arrival Mr. Roach was detained by British authorities upon the request of Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have issued a joint statement saying Singapore has asked for help from UK officials for the arrest and extradition of Mr. Roach. The statement read, “We are working with the UK authorities to commence the extradition proceedings.”
On July 7, 2016 Mr. Roach, reportedly walked into the Holland Village branch of Standard Chartered Bank and gave one of the tellers a slip of paper, demanding an amount of money. He was given S$30,000 and walked away on foot. He then fled to Bangkok, but was arrested at a hostel for backpackers after three days. Mr. Roach is said to have robbed the Standard Chartered bank branch on his own, without assistance from others.
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