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Juvenile offenders can be caned

Yes, they may be young, but the law is tough on vandalism.

For adult offenders, caning is meted out to those convicted of damaging public property.

Although the four arrested are only children, the law does provide under the Children and Young Persons Act for the High Court to impose caning on juvenile offenders.

But criminal lawyer Rajan Supramaniam said the law will most likely look kindly at these boys because of age.

PROBATION

He said: "They will probably be charged in the Juvenile Court where they will have to be on probation or go through a guidance programme that requires them to go for counselling.

But they have to make sure not to repeat the offence."

Parents reacted with dismay that children were involved in the vandalism spree.

Madam Bernice Koh, 40, the parent of a 13-year-old girl, said: "It is worrying that these kids are already up to no good at such a young age. I hope they do not do this again.

"To spray paint something like O$ is really not good."