He sent photos of dead cats & nudes
Man gets 13 weeks' jail for harassment via e-mails with obscene content
He wanted to tarnish a telco employee's reputation because he was unhappy with her service.
So, David Daniel Liu Fu Long, 39, sent e-mails of what he claimed were naked pictures of the 48-year-old woman to her and her colleagues.
A few days later, he e-mailed the woman pictures of dead cats.
Yesterday, Liu pleaded guilty to four charges related to transmitting obscene objects and intentionally causing harassment to two women.
Three other charges to do with harassment were taken into consideration.
Liu was sentenced to 13 weeks in jail.
The court heard that on Aug 6 this year, at around 1am, Liu, who was unemployed, sent an e-mail that identified the woman by name and organisation to her and her telco colleagues, including senior management.
Enclosed were nine images of nude women labelled with the woman's name, which Liu claimed were pictures of her.
He also said that the woman could be seen "naked several times a day in her house".
Later that morning, the woman and her colleagues received a second e-mail from Liu containing nine images of nude women engaging in bestiality.
Liu again claimed that the photos, which were labelled with the woman's name, were of her.
While none of the photos in the e-mails was of the woman, the explicit and defamatory content caused her great distress and embarrassment and she lodged a police report that night.
During the course of investigations, Liu admitted that he had sent the e-mails as he was unhappy and angry with the telco-related service he had received from the woman.
Four days later, she told the police that she received another obscene e-mail containing gruesome and intimidating material, which was also sent to her colleagues.
Investigations revealed that the e-mail, sent on Aug 9, had two images of disembowelled cats.
It said that one of the cats might enter hell as retribution for its bad deeds, and the woman should be quarantined for sharing the same name as the cat.
The woman interpreted it as a death threat and felt extremely disturbed and intimidated.
Liu admitted to sending the e-mail as he was unsatisfied at not receiving a reply to the previous e-mails sent.
He also intended to threaten the woman and her colleagues.
In a separate case, in July 2015, he impersonated a 44-year-old female doctor whom he had met and sent her colleagues an e-mail containing insulting content in her name.
He had created an e-mail address meant to resemble the doctor's work e-mail.
The e-mail he sent stated that the doctor was a prostitute, a secret society gang member, an Institute of Mental Health patient and that she should resign and be imprisoned.
Five years ago, he was jailed for nine months for sending a bomb hoax via a fake e-mail account to 84 Members of Parliament, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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Miss Universe Singapore finalists have Q&A session at BMW showroom
Miss Universe Singapore 2016 finalists practise their public speaking skills at BMW showroom
Days away from the grand final of Miss Universe Singapore (MUS) 2016, the 15 finalists are revving to go.
Having been treated to a variety of beauty regimens, including facials, dental treatments and make-up consultations, the girls got some practice in how to present themselves.
Last Saturday afternoon, BMW hosted a short Q&A session to get them prepared for the final on Sunday.
At the BMW showroom at Alexandra, the girls were presented in front of a crowd, before being introduced by former MUS finalist Cordelia Low.
Vanessa Tay answers questions from former MUS finalist Cordelia Low. TNP PHOTOS: CHOO CHWEE HUA
There was a short speech by Mr Horst Herdtle, managing director of Performance Motors, the distributors of BMW in Singapore.
After that, Miss Low conducted a short Q&A session with each girl, with questions such as "Who is your female role model?" and "Why did you join the pageant?".
The finalists were grateful that BMW gave them the chance to test their public speaking skills.
"The Q&A session was good training," Tanisha Khan, a business student at Temasek Polytechnic, told The New Paper.
The 18-year-old said: "The more events we do, the more experience we have and the more exposure we get in front of photographers."
She added that she was grateful for the hospitality shown by BMW, and that the flowers given to each girl at the end of the session was a lovely gesture.
Actress and model Luisa Gan, 22, agreed.
She said: "It was good to have the Q&A to prep us (for the final). I'm also glad to be able to meet the event sponsors."
POISED: (From left) Sreeveena, Vanessa, Patricia and Tanisha pose in front of a BMW 730i. TNP PHOTO: CHOO CHWEE HUA
The chance to prepare was not the only thing that Luisa was excited about.
"We don't usually get the chance to see so many BMW cars," said Luisa, who was impressed by the wide variety of car models in the showroom.
Shona Woo, 26, felt the same way.
Though the coding instructorsees cars as "a vehicle to get (people) from one point to another", she was captivated by the cars on display.
She told TNP: "It's my first time seeing the (car) models... I'm fascinated by things that are rare."
None of the girls' enthusiasm, however, could match that of Mr Herdtle's.
He said: "I think I'm more excited than the girls... It's great being in the presence of so much beauty. I'm really looking forward to Oct 16."
In an earlier statement to TNP, Mr Herdtle said the MUS pageant "embodies the confidence and power in women to celebrate diversity and support humanitarian issues".
He added: "This event relates to BMW's commitment to shaping the mobility of the future as is this pageant to campaign for positive global changes."
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Boy who died in school bus was not dengue victim
Emotional roller coaster for family of boy whose death stirred dengue speculation
It was an emotional roller coaster of a day for the Hue family yesterday.
They were initially shocked that Zenneth, 11, was identified in a news report as the latest dengue fatality.
The shock turned to anger when they found out it was all a misunderstanding.
GONE TOO YOUNG: The death of Zenneth Hue (above), 11, was reportedly linked to the latest dengue fatality here, but his family have verified that the report was untrue. They have also decided not to find out the cause of his death, says his grandmother, Madam Swee (below). TNP PHOTO: CHOO CHWEE HUA TNP PHOTO: CHOO CHWEE HUA
Last month, The New Paper had reported that the Primary 5 pupil from Maris Stella High School had died suddenly after he was found unconscious in the school bus on the morning of Aug 30.
Zenneth's godbrother Daniel Teh, 28, who spoke on behalf of the family last night, denied the "death by dengue" report categorically.
He said: "We confirmed with the authorities yesterday afternoon. He is definitely not a dengue victim. The facts were being distorted."
Zenneth's grandmother, who wanted to be known as Madam Swee, said in a separate interview: "The two doctors that my grandson saw did not bring up dengue at all. I don't remember him being bitten by a mosquito either."
It all started with a joint statement issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency.
The statement said that an 11-year-old boy who lived at Woodleigh Close had died from dengue on Aug 30, the same day Zenneth was admitted to KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH).
Keeping with policy, the ministries did not identify the victim, who was the eighth person to die from dengue this year. The area was an active two-case dengue cluster that was closed on Sept 14.
MOH was informed of the cause of the boy's death in a pathologist's report on Tuesday.
Zenneth shared similarities with the dengue victim - he was also 11, and lived at Woodleigh Close too.
The day before he was found unconscious, he had barely recovered from a 41 deg C fever.
After he was found, Zenneth was taken to KKH, where he was pronounced dead two hours later.
The cause of his death remains a mystery that the Hue family decided not to dwell on, said Madam Swee, 64.
Two weeks ago, the Hues were told that Zenneth's autopsy report was ready for collection, and that there was an administrative fee of $158.
After some discussion, they decided not to buy it.
Said Madam Swee: "It's like spending money to buy ourselves grief... So what if we find out? Knowing how he died won't bring him back to life."
The news came at a time when the family was trying their best to let go and move on, she said.
Between sobs, before it was confirmed that he had not died from dengue, Madam Swee said: "Zenneth's death is like a wound that's trying to heal. Knowing that he could have died from dengue is like picking a scab."
Agreeing with Madam Swee, Mr Teh said the family has been trying to move on quietly in the past month.
They were overwhelmed by the attention after the media picked up on Zenneth's death.
"Just when the media attention had died down, this had to happen," Mr Teh said, referring to the dengue speculation.
The past month had been difficult, said Madam Swee, who also has a 10-year-old granddaughter.
A select number of photographs of the boy adorn the Hue family's apartment at Woodleigh.
The rest have been slotted into a photo album full of Zenneth's pictures, which Madam Swee said she secretly leafs through, from time to time.
She still misses her grandson, who would crawl into bed with her, or accompany her while she waited for taxis.
Twice a month, they would go for "xiao long bao (steamed pork dumpling) dates".
It was Zenneth's favourite food, Madam Swee said.
There were moments when he would also share his food with her, like his bowl of bird's nest.
Said Madam Swee: "He was such a considerate boy.
"Why did he have to die so young?"
Zenneth's death is like a wound that's trying to heal. Knowing that he could have died from dengue is like picking a scab.
- Madam Swee, Zenneth Hue's grandmother
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About the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder. PHOTO: FACEBOOK
Engine 5,204cc 40-valve V10
Top speed 324kmh
0 to 100kmh 3.4 seconds
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch with manual select
Power 610bhp at 8,250rpm
Torque 560Nm at 6,500rpm
Fuel consumption 12.3 litres/100km
About the driver
After the video of the blue Lamborghini being driven dangerously was uploaded online last week, netizens embarked on ahunt for the driver.
Some posted photos of the driver and his Facebook profile on various road safety community Facebook groups.
The New Paper understands that the 45-year-old who was arrested for dangerous driving is a Nigerian national who lives here.
The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is believed to be impounded. BT FILE PHOTO
Lifestyle news site Covered Asia reported two weeks ago that there was only one customised Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder in Singapore, and it was sold with an open-category certificate of entitlement of $1.3 million.
Covered Asia also reported that the owner of the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder launched his own swimwear company earlier this year.
We contacted him via Facebook, but he did not respond by press time.