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 utahether.com 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
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.