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2015-11-03 15:42

SINGAPORE GP TRACK INTRUDER : Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia, a British national, was sentenced to six weeks in prison for walking onto the track at the Singapore Grand Prix in September. Image: AFP / Roslan Rahman

Singapore, Singapore - A Singapore district court sentenced a 27-year-old man to six weeks in jail on Tuesday for breaching security fences and entering the circuit during the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix in September.

British national Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia was arrested and charged with committing a rash act as to endanger the personal safety of the drivers after television pictures showed the intruder strolling along the track as cars sped past.

'Wanted to film the race'

"The accused's act was not only rash but was both selfish and foolhardy," District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt said in a brief statement on the decision, adding that Dhokia had admitted he had wanted to film the race from the track.

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Fatt said: "Any dangerous intrusion onto the race track can and could have resulted in disastrous and fatal consequences."

Did not intend to disrupt race

Dhokia's lawyer Shashi Nathan told the court that his client's actions were "a childish endeavour" and he did not intend to disrupt the race or spoil the spectacle, according to the Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia news channel.

Singapore GP organisers are considering tighter security for the 2016 race, with higher fences and more marshals, after this September's incident.

The race was won by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who was one of several drivers to speed past Dhokia and alerted his engineers of the intruder over his team radio.

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