Singapore — The convicted cyberstalker of US singer Leandra Ramm got three years jail in Singapore on Friday, plus a fine of S$5,000 (US$3,950).
Singaporean Colin Mak Yew, 38, had admitted to 31 counts of criminal intimidation between 2005 and 2011, which began after Ms. Ramm appeared on a CNN program in 2005.
Mr. Mak contacted the mezzo-soprano singer, posing as a prestigious music festival director and making offers for her music career.
When Ms. Ramm stopped responding, Mak began sending death threats through emails and voice messages.
Mr. Mak had also developed fixations on two other female musicians, from Hungary and Germany, and proceeded to harass and intimidate them too.
All three women are in their late twenties to early thirties.
Mr. Mak was confessed to other charges related to intimidating a Singaporean businesswoman, trespassing at St. James Church, and stealing biscuits from the church’s kindergarten.
In court, the prosecution had proceeded on 17 of the 42 charges against him.
During the sentencing, District Judge Mathew Joseph referred to it as “the most disturbing case of online harassment and cyberstalking involving criminal intimidation”, said reports.
Saying Mak has a “clear proclivity for online harassment and criminal intimidation” with a “sinister sophistication”, the judge noted that the medical report shows Mak has a “probable anti-social personality disorder” and “probable narcissistic personality traits”, but he also noted that Mak’s threats were vile, vicious and vulgar.
The judge said there is a clear and compelling public interest to deter those who would use the Internet as a weapon instead of a tool of communication.
Ms. Ramm does her singing mostly in theatre and opera performances, and has also released several albums.
She has made her cyberstalking ordeal with Mr. Mak public on several occasions, including in an e-book and on an episode of the TV show “My Life is a Lifetime Movie” in November of 2012.