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Duo posts video of Bishan train vandalism

GRAFFITI: Footage from a video uploaded by the American couple behind the 2011 incident.


    Jul 15, 2016

    Duo posts video of Bishan train vandalism

    A COUPLE believed to have vandalised

    a train at Bishan train depot in 2011

    have released footage of their graffiti-making in different Asian cities, including Singapore.

    American couple Jim Clay Harper and

    Danielle Bremner escaped after they were believed to have spray-painted the words Jet Setter's

    on an SMRT train on Aug 17 five years ago.

    Videos of the pair vandalising trains in different Asian cities were uploaded to their website from April.

    The Singapore video, released on April 29 this year, shows two figures, with their faces masked, cutting a hole in a fence and walking to a train,

    on which they spray-painted the words Jet Setter's.

    The pair, who go by the names Utah & Ether, escaped capture and were not previously identified as the perpetrators behind the crime.

    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) in 2011

    fined rail operator SMRT $200,000 for the

    Bishan depot security breach.

    Then SMRT president and chief executive

    Saw Phaik Hwa said SMRT took full

    responsibility and accepted the penalty.

    According to the videos, the pair vandalised trains in other places, including the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea.

    However, according to Australian reports, Harper was caught in Melbourne and jailed

    for six months in May this year.

    It is believed that Bremner left the country without him, according to the Australian

    Associated Press.

    The latest video released on the site on Monday shows them spraying the words - Crime time - on

    a Hong Kong MTR (Mass Transit Railway) train.

    According to a report in Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao yesterday, MTR confirmed on Wednesday that three of its trains in the videos were vandalised between 2011 and 2015.

    Other train vandalism incidents here include

    one in 2014 when two German men entered the Bishan train depot through a drainage system

    and spray-painted graffiti on a train carriage.

    They were sentenced to nine months in jail

    and three strokes of the cane.

    In 2010, a Swiss national was sentenced

    to seven months in jail and three strokes of the cane for defacing a train at SMRT's Changi depot.

    His British accomplice, Dane Alexander Lloyd,

    is still at large.

    An LTA spokesman told My Paper yesterday that LTA and its public transport operators have taken additional measures to improve security.

    They include increasing the number of security personnel, increasing the frequency of patrols

    at depots and upgrading the perimeter fencing around the depots.