Cyber creep who harassed a cancer victim until she died and then harassed her family walks out of prison early after five months behind bars
- Jake Engellenner has harassed a number of women online for three years
- He sent mean, insulting messages to a cancer victim he knew from primary school
- “You are nothing more than a bimbo **** who works at Coles,” Engellenner said
- Engellenner still harassed the woman while undergoing chemotherapy
- He started sending nasty messages to her cousin and friend using fake profiles
A cyber creep who pursued a cancer victim and harassed her until her death was released from prison after just five months behind bars.
Jake Engellenner, 27, from South Morang in Melbourne, harassed five young women online for three years, one of whom died of cancer.
He was sentenced to eight months behind bars last September, but on Thursday his prison sentence was set aside on appeal with a two-year community decision.
Engellenner’s trail of intimidation began in 2015 when he sent hundreds of mean and humiliating messages to Renee Russell, 24.
Mrs. Russell knew Engellenner from primary school, but they had not seen each other since they were children.
Engellenner’s trail of intimidation began in 2015 when he sent hundreds of mean and humiliating messages to Renee Russell (photo), 24, who later died of breast cancer in the midst of his abuse
Jake Engellenner, 27, from South Morang in Melbourne, harassed five young women online for three years
After seeing Russell working in a supermarket, Engellenner sent her hundreds of mean and humiliating messages on Facebook.
“You are nothing more than a bimbo **** who works at Coles … Really sad, the rest of your life busy with a dead-end job,” was one of the reports.
Engellenner continued to pursue Mrs. Russell after her breast cancer was diagnosed and tormented her to her dying breath.
Mrs. Russell’s mother Dianne said the legal system failed them after she let her daughter’s daughter walk.
“Renee’s treatment and chemotherapy still harassed her,” Mrs. Russell said Nine news.
“It just gave her extra stress – every day, every night with messages coming in.”
But the tirade of abuse by Engellenner did not end there.
He then started harassing Mrs. Russell’s cousin Maddison and friend Belinda Fragale, using fake profiles.
In court, Mrs. Fragale said that she lives in fear knowing that her stalker lives nearby, and said there was no justice for her late girlfriend.
Mrs. Fragale claimed that Engellenner’s abuse continued long after Mrs. Russell died.
“He said things about her corpse … and said it won’t end before he gets what he wants,” she said.
Mrs. Russell’s mother Dianne (photo) said the legal system failed them because she had let her daughter’s stalker walk