January 2019

Stalker travelled across Europe to young woman’s home with “sinister” kit

A stalker sent an internet blogger horrific threats then travelled from Estonia to her home with a “sinister” kit including a “gold dildo”.

Keio Nei, 24, became so obsessed with the YouTube personality that she contacted police, who warned him via Estonian authorities to leave her alone.

But he sent more “disturbing” emails “loaded with sexual content”, in which he threatened to come to Merseyside to kidnap, torture, rape and kill her.

Nei then flew to the UK in April last year and sent the young woman tweets including photos of her home in Liverpool, before speaking to her dad.

He convinced Nei she did not live there – after spotting the stalker had both his and his wife’s names written down in a notepad – then called police.

Yet when officers came round the next day to drop off panic alarms on May 1, 2018, they spotted Nei, who fled and got into the back of a nearby car.

Nei, whose own dad was sitting in the driver’s seat, struggled with police, who managed to drag him out of the Skoda and arrested both men.

Inside the car they found a bag containing parcel tape, a screwdriver, brown gloves, an eye mask, a torch, a belt, a hip flask containing an ammonia solution, a syringe and needle, opera glasses, plastic flowers and an item described by police as “a gold coloured dildo”.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Nei sent the emails, in which he talked of “fate” wanting them to be together, between March and June 2017, then “mostly bizarre” tweets until November that year.

Kenneth Grant, prosecuting, said in one email, sent on March 8, 2017, he said he would fly to the UK the next year and “make it my life goal to find you and kill you”.

He said he would sneak into her home in the early hours of the morning, drug and kidnap her, wait until she woke up, then “shave you bald and strip you naked”.

Nei said: “I will rape you and make you pregnant and then I’ll tie you up and will torture you for hours, which is basically me using my whip and other tools I brought with me, to make you suffer and hopefully feel what I felt all these years.”

He added: “Then I guess I’ll just end it all and stab you in the chest with a kitchen knife and watch you slowly die.”

Nei’s dad was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, but the London-based businessman was released without charge.

His son confessed to telling the victim he was going to find her and “saw her legs off” and that he might be “a bit of a psycho”, but told police it was a “joke”.

He denied sending death threats, but accepted telling her he was a “troll” and asking her not to get engaged or to marry anyone.

The stalker told officers his dad had offered to take him to Liverpool as part of a holiday, but was unable to give any explanation for items including the tape, syringe or hip flask, before claiming the “dildo” was a “face massaging tool”.

Nei, who agreed he made a lot of effort to find his victim, admitted stalking, but denied it was with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He stood trial, but after police told the jury they did not think he was carrying the bag when chased, prosecutors dropped the charge.

They accepted had he intended to commit a sexual offence he would not have been with his dad, an international furniture dealer.

Nei, of no fixed address, instead admitted a second count of stalking and sentencing was adjourned for psychiatric reports.

Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, said Nei caused the woman “untold distress and fear” and described the March 8 email as “graphic and terrifying”.

He said Nei saw a “golden opportunity” when his dad was visiting Liverpool to seek out his victim and was caught with “very sinister” items.

The judge accepted there might be an “innocent explanation” if the items were each taken in isolation.

But he said: “I have no doubt that their location together was devised by you because there was, within a very warped and sick mind, something that could have led at some stage to something far more serious than that for which you face sentence.”

Judge Goldstone accepted “the last person in the world” Nei would have had with him, if intending to commit a sexual offence, was his dad.

But he told Nei “it was no joke to her and it was utterly terrifying” when he “travelled halfway across Europe” with his victim “in your sights”.

Judge Goldstone said cyber stalking was “a plague of the 21st Century” and his victim was left unable to sleep, with “her trust shattered”.

He jailed Nei for 21 months and made an indefinite restraining order.