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The Singaporean cyberstalker who developed an obsession with American singer Leandra Ramm was on Friday sentenced to three years' jail and fined S$5,000.
SINGAPORE: The Singaporean cyberstalker who developed an obsession with American singer Leandra Ramm was on Friday sentenced to three years' jail and fined S$5,000.
On December 4, 38-year-old Colin Mak Yew Loong admitted to 31 counts of criminal intimidation between 2005 and 2011.
Ms Ramm's nightmare began in 2005 after an appearance on CNN.
The mezzo-soprano caught the attention of Mak, who then posed as the director of a prestigious music festival and contacted her with offers to champion her music career.
When the 29-year-old singer stopped responding, Mak started sending death threats using emails and voice messages.
Besides Ms Ramm, Mak also developed fixations on another two women -- both foreigners and musicians -- from Hungary and Germany.
He harassed and intimidated the two, aged 28 and 30.
Mak also admitted to intimidating a Singaporean businesswoman, trespassing St James Church, and stealing biscuits from the church's kindergarten.
The prosecution proceeded on 17 of the 42 charges.
In sentencing, District Judge Mathew Joseph said it was "the most disturbing case of online harassment and cyberstalking involving criminal intimidation".
He said Mak has a "clear proclivity for online harassment and criminal intimidation" with a "sinister sophistication".
The judge noted that the medical report indicated Mak has a "probable anti-social personality disorder" and "probable narcissistic personality traits", but he said Mak's threats were vile, vicious and vulgar.
The judge said this is a case where there is clear and compelling public interest to deter those who seek to use the Internet as a weapon, instead of a tool of communication.