S'porean admits cyber-stalking diva

S'porean admits cyber-stalking diva

SINGAPORE - A Singaporean man admitted Wednesday to being the international cyber-stalker who made the life of American singer Leandra Ramm an ordeal for six years.

Colin Mak Yew Loong, 38, pleaded guilty in a Singapore district court to sending 31 e-mail messages threatening to kill or harm her. It all started after he saw her perform on CNN in 2005.

Posing as a director of a music festival, Mak contacted Ms Ramm in the United States and promised to help further her music career.

Initially, she was grateful, but when she stopped replying to his messages, Mak resorted to threatening e-mails and phone calls.

They never met, but on one occasion in August 2010, he sent her six threats in one day. The harassment continued until 2011, when the US authorities sought the help of the police here to curb his actions.

Ms Ramm's ordeal is documented in a book she has written entitled Stalking A Diva, which came out last year. In it, she reveals that Mak threatened all kinds of bodily harm to her and her family, in thousands of e-mails.

Her ordeal was also the subject of an episode of the TV show My Life Is A Lifetime Movie in November last year. Another TV series, Obsessions: Dark Desires on the Discovery Channel, will also feature her case.

The 29-year-old also said that theatre companies were reluctant to hire her, especially since she required police protection.

In court yesterday, Mak also pleaded guilty to harassing and intimidating two other musicians and committing criminal trespass and theft.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Alan Hu said that Mak had seen Hungarian musician Krasznai Tuende Ilona, 30, perform at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel last year.

He became fixated on her and attended all her appearances. After she left Singapore late last year, he e-mailed her.

When Mak found out she had a German boyfriend, he sent threatening messages, including one saying he could castrate him.

Mak had also harassed Ms Veronika Sakhno, 28. He wanted to date the Ukrainian musician after seeing her in concert here.

She turned him down politely, but he took offence, and on June26 this year, he called her names at a cafe in The Esplanade.

Mak had also threatened to kill businesswoman Liew Hwei Ken, 46, in 2010. He claimed she had gone behind his back to engage another person to photograph a model instead of him.

Separately, Mak also trespassed into the pantry of St James Church Kindergarten and stole biscuits in April this year.

The next month, he was caught sneaking into a cinema in The Cathay at Handy Road.

DPP Hu asked for a "global sentence" of between three and four years in jail as Mak had committed a total of 42 offences over a long period of time.

Pleading for leniency, Mak said he deeply regretted his actions, and that he had lost his self-control when communicating with his victims.

He will be sentenced on Dec 13. Just for threatening to kill Ms Ramm, he could be jailed for up to seven years and fined.


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