Jail for Singapore man who stalked and harassed woman on social media

  • Technology
  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

An illustration pic of victim of abuse. A woman in Singapore filed four police reports against her stalker in 2016 and 2017, who was finally sentenced to jail for harassing her this month. — 123rf.com

A man in Singapore has been sentenced to 19 weeks in jail after pleading guilty to a harassment charge, following his campaign of intimidation on social media that targeted a married woman, according to The Straits Times.

Mohamed Sharizad Mohamed Samsuri, 37, stalked the victim, who happened to be his grandmother's neighbour, from November 2016 to June 2017.

A separate report by Mediacorp News stated that Sharizad, who is married, created multiple fake accounts in various attempts to befriend the woman on Facebook and then pretended to be one of her friends to trick her into giving him her phone number.

He then began harassing her by calling her phone multiple times and leaving lewd messages. After she ignored them, he then escalated to leaving her threatening messages.

In one of his messages to her, Sharizad threatened to upload her personal details and information to an online forum, where he would claim that she was offering sexual services.

According to the Straits Times report, the man also sent her pictures of herself that were taken earlier with ominous messages like: "Don't block me or (you will) regret it."

The woman made four police reports in 2016 and 2017. Sharizad allegedly spotted the woman after she moved into the same block of flats as his grandmother in 2009.

District Judge Marvin Bay in his sentencing on Aug 4 highlighted "the steady escalation of Sharizad's criminal behaviour", from sending the victim multiple friend requests on Facebook to "salacious messages" and lewd requests, leading to "overt sinister threats to expose her images and identity on social media".

Sharizad was arrested and admitted to the offences on May 2, 2018.

He also admitted to unrelated charges of possessing more than 700 videos downloaded from pornographic sites. Police later seized various devices from him, such as two laptops where they discovered the obscene videos.

Mediacorp News said he may be fined up to Sg$500 (RM1,532) per video, jailed for six months or both for the pornographic video charges.

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