Oliver Fricker’s much anticipated day at court today did not provide any relief. The poor chap has to face the media again on Friday as the case was adjourned once again.
The local media reports he was visibly annoyed, but I think he is just reacting like any of us would in his situation. I think he is holding up well, everything considered. In the photos the media appears to be really hounding him in order to get a statement. The odd thing is he will forever be etched in the mind of Singaporeans. To some of us he is a victim who probably didn’t fully understand the laws and didn’t know how much trouble he was getting into. He is also a hero to others for exposing a weak security system that has since been reinforced.
Meanwhile in a parallel universe, The Straits Times reports that MRT CEO is the highest ever paid which also highlights her deputy’s responsibilities include safety, emergency planning and security…..hmmm (not too subtle)
I noticed that among the search referral words that people used that directed them to my last post on the matter was ‘SG MRT painting’ which also connotes that they felt that he has created Art and not ugly graffiti associated with Vandalism. The fact that even the MRT officials thought it was an ad, is a case in point. His case made us think about when graffiti becomes Art amongst other issues about our laws.
On a lighter note, some other interesting search terms, show that there are some teenaged girls out there with a crush on Oliver Fricker.
‘Oliver Fricker cute’ ( I saw 5 of these!!!)
‘Fricker Oliver is so cute’
I also got ‘I rly rly love you’ (I wonder if that was directed at the poor guy too?)
Some other funny ones:
‘Is Oliver Fricker punish’ (some teen again)
‘Fricker spray Singapur’
Swiss vandal’s case adjourned again
By Claire Huang | Posted: 24 June 2010 1854 hrs
Channel News Asia
After Monday’s adjournment, Fricker’s case was to be have been heard at 3.30pm on Friday.
The media had camped outside the Subordinate Court from as early as 2pm.
But the 32-year-old Swiss national and his lawyer Derek Kang only showed up at about 4.40pm and he was visibly annoyed.
This afternoon, lawyers from both sides met in chambers for about ten minutes and left in a hurry.
No details were given as to why the case was adjourned once again.
Fricker, who is out on S$100,000 bail faces three charges.
He had allegedly spray-painted two carriages of an MRT train and damaged public property by cutting the fence of Changi depot in May.
Fricker also faces another charge for trespassing a protected place.
Fricker is accused of these offences with Lloyd Dane Alexander, a Briton, who skipped town after the incident.
If convicted, Fricker faces a fine of up to S$2,000, and or a jail sentence of up to three years and caning of not less than three strokes, on each vandalism charge.
And for entering protected property, he can be fined up to S$1,000 and or jailed up to two years.