Mateen Hafeez I TNN Mumbai: The cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) of the city police on Wednesday arrested a 55-year-old man for sending obscene and threatening emails to a 56-year-old woman. The accused, Joseph Paul D’Souza, a resident of Colaba, started sending the offensive missives in February this year.
D’Souza, who works as a realty consultant, was arrested for outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal intimidation. A local court has sent him to police custody till January 1.
The victim, a mother of two, works in waste management and takes care of the gardens of several five-star hotels in the city. She told the police that on February 7, this year, she received the first email at midnight. The email, which was sent from the ID firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line ‘The burden of proof and the legacy of guilt’, was full of abusive language and offensive remarks about her. The complainant insisted that the email had been sent by D’Souza.
In her complaint, the woman said that her son was staying at a building called Connaught Mansion in Colaba, where her mother used to live before her death. D’Souza is their neighbour. The victim’s mother was the chairperson of the building society and after she passed away, D’Souza took over some of the building work and acted as a chairman of the society. However, several other residents opposed him.
The police found that the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the sender belonged to D’- Souza’s computer. The police seized an 80 GB hard disc and sent it for forensic analysis. The police have found three emails, which were suspected to have been sent by D’- Souza to the victim.
According to the police, D’- Souza did not cooperate with them initially. When they were sure about his involvement in the crime, they arrested him.
The Times of India, December 31, 2009