The Complete Timeline For The Stan Chart Robber: He Might Be Coming Back To SG For Trial

Two years ago, there was a robbery case at a Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore that splattered on the headlines for weeks.

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If you have no idea what happened, then this is the perfect time for you to equip yourself with this set of knowledge for this man has become the talk of the town again.

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I’ve tried to break everything down into a timeline for easy digestion.

7 July 2016 

  • David James Roach robs StanChart’s Holland Village branch with a piece of paper that reads: “This is a robbery, give me money, don’t call the police, I have a weapon.”
  • After getting $30,000, the Canadian suspect makes an immediate escape to Thailand, while the police are on the search for him near the bank.
  • From then till July 10, the suspect checks in at Boxpackers Hostel in Bangkok.
  • Singapore Police Force (SPF) contacts the Royal Thai Police and have been in communication with them, seeking their assistance in finding Roach, whom they’ve already identified.

10 July 2016

  • Roach is found and arrested at the hostel.

The Attorney-General’s Office in Bangkok rejected Singapore’s request to repatriate Roach back to Singapore.

Singapore has no extradition treaty with Thailand, which means that Thailand does not have any obligation to surrender Roach to Singapore.

One principle of sovereignty states that every country has the legal authority over the people within its borders.

6 June 2017

  • Roach was sentenced to 14 months’ jail in Thailand for violating money laundering and customs laws by bringing more than US$20,000 (S$27,600) loot into the country.

11 Jan 2018

  • According to The Straits Times, the 28-year-old man was detained in London following a request from Singapore, said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a joint statement.

“We sought the assistance of the UK authorities to arrest Roach, with a view to his eventual extradition to Singapore,” the statement said. “We are working with the UK authorities to commence the extradition proceedings.”


  • He had just finished serving a 14-month jail term in Thailand and was deported to UK on the same day.

Singapore has an extradition treaty with Britain.

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