Superstar, Madonna

An Israeli man has been jailed for 14 months after he was convicted of stealing and selling unreleased songs by pop star Madonna.

Adi Lederman was arrested earlier this year and after confessing, reached a plea deal on charges that he hacked into the computers of people linked to Madonna and then stole and sold her songs.

Lederman, an aspiring singer who auditioned for Israel’s top TV song competition, was also fined 15,000 shekels (£2,500).

A Jerusalem court ruled on Thursday that the “appropriate” sentence should serve as a deterrent for future hacking incidents.

Songs from Madonna’s album Rebel Heart were leaked online late last year. Madonna said at the time she had been “violated as a human and an artist”.