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Batman son of Suparman can't escape jail in Singapore
AFP
Singapore, November 11, 2013
First Published: 15:15 IST(11/11/2013)
Last Updated: 15:18 IST(11/11/2013)

A Singaporean whose superhero-sounding name turned him into a social media celebrity was jailed for nearly three years on Monday for theft, housebreaking and drug offences.

Batman bin Suparman, an unemployed 23-year-old whose name translates to "Batman son of Suparman", was arrested on August 19 after security videos showed him sneaking into a store at night on two separate occasions.

He stole a total of $400 (Rs 25,000) from the store, court documents seen by AFP showed.

Batman also pleaded guilty to various other charges, including stealing his brother's ATM card to make withdrawals and consuming heroin. He was sentenced to a total of 33 months in jail.

Batman became a social media sensation after an image of his identity card with his unusual name was circulated online.

A "Batman bin Suparman Fan Club" page on social networking site Facebook has garnered nearly 11,000 likes so far.


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