A BRITISH ex-public schoolboy has been stripped and flogged 24 times in a Singapore jail for drugs offences.
London-born Ye Ming Yuen, 31, was strapped to a large wooden bench before being brutally beaten.
He was punished in the ‘caning room’ in Changi Prison where he is currently serving 20 years for his crimes.
The former Westminster School pupil’s caning came after he had his second appeal rejected by the Singaporean courts.
The Foreign Office has condemned the brutal beating – which came despite calls for leniency from Home Secretary Priti Patel, reports the Daily Mail.
Yuen was working as a DJ in Singapore when he was arrested in 2016 for the possessing and selling drugs.
According to local reports, investigations found he had begun to sell drugs to fund his lavish lifestyle and pay off gambling debts.
He pleaded guilty to trafficking 15 grams of methamphetamine, possession and consumption charges and was granted bail.
It was at this time that he was once again arrested for the offences of trafficking and possession of cannabis
Yuen pleaded guilty to four of the 12 charges on 18th July 2018 and was sentenced to a total of 20 years jail time and 24 strokes of the cane – the maximum amount allowed in Singapore.
His plight hit the headlines when then Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt brought up the case with Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister during an official visit in January 2019.
The prisoner’s sister Elysia Yuen, 32, told the Daily Mail: “Ming knows what he did was wrong and deserved to be punished.
“We know it’s a different country with different laws and you should respect those laws, but isn’t a 20-year prison sentence punishment enough?”
The British High Commission in Singapore said: “The UK strongly opposes corporal punishment in all circumstances and condemns its use in this case.”
At £41,000 a year Westminster School he gained a string of top exam results before apparently falling in with the wrong crowd.
Caning is a widely used form of corporal punishment in the city state and the punishment for drug use and trafficking are notoriously strict, including the death penalty.
The ‘mandatory death penalty’ in applies to those caught with more than 30 grams of cocaine, 200 grams of hashish or 500 grams of cannabis.
Human rights groups say caning in Singapore is a violation of international law and breaches the United Nations Convention Against Torture.