Man jailed again for stalking ex-boyfriend

'Recalcitrant offender' also posted victim's personal details, intimate photos online: DPP

On the day he was released from prison after being jailed for unlawfully stalking his former boyfriend, Tan Boon Wah went straight to the victim's home to stalk him again.

Tan, 27, loitered outside the 22-year-old's home for nearly two hours on Oct 1 last year. He also rang the doorbell, attempting to make contact with the victim.

On Nov 27, Tan was again found loitering at the 10th-floor staircase landing of the victim's block.

The victim, who had spotted him while walking home, immediately entered his unit and called the police. Tan rang the doorbell and left before police arrived.

On Dec 8, Tan was again spotted loitering near the victim's home.

The victim again called the police but had to leave his home to attend to personal matters.

Tan followed him and kept trying to talk to the victim who told Tan repeatedly to quit following him. But Tan persisted and requested that the victim unblock him on various social media platforms and communication facilities.The police arrived moments later and arrested Tan.

Tan, who was jailed for six months in August last year for stalking the victim, had re-offended while on a remission order, and therefore breached a basic condition of his order.

Seeking a sentence of at least nine months' jail yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Jason Chua said Tan was undeterred by time spent in prison. He had posted the victim's personal details and their intimate photographs on the Internet, added DPP Chua.

Labelling him a recalcitrant offender, the DPP said Tan had not shown any regard for the law or the harm he caused to the victim.

The DPP said Tan was making good on his previous threat to the victim in 2015 when he sent him ominous messages.

Tan, who pleaded guilty to two of three charges, was sentenced to nine months' jail by District Judge Kenneth Yap, who also imposed an additional 60 days for the breach of his remission order.

Judge Yap allowed Tan to start his sentence next Wednesday but ordered him not to contact the victim nor post on social media or public platforms anything concerning the victim, who was in court yesterday.

The maximum punishment for the offence is a $5,000 fine and 12 months' jail.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2017, with the headline 'Man jailed again for stalking ex-boyfriend'. Print Edition | Subscribe