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A Vietnamese man was sentenced to jail and four strokes of the cane on April 2 after being found guilty of overstaying in Singapore.

Dang Nguyen Sinh Nhat, 38, confessed to staying in Singapore for 10 years, seven months and 22 days at the State Court on April 2, VN Express reported.

Nhat also failed to pay for his tuition after he was given a Student Pass to study at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. His residence expired in July 2008 and he exceeded his stay in the country for 10 years.

The indictment stated that Nhat had entered the country to study dance in 2006 and was given a Student Pass, which would have been valid until April 2009 but was canceled on April 14, 2008, when he did not pay for his tuition.

The authorities, at the school’s request, gave Nhat another temporary residence permit as an opportunity for him to raise the money to cover the tuition. But he was unable to pay his fees despite the permit being renewed a number of times.

On February 23, 2019, Nhat surrendered to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

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