Shania Twain

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We're pretty sure Shania Twain doesn't mind this arrangement.

A former Ottawa physician who last month admitted to stalking the country pop songbird will remain in lockup until his next hearing after a Toronto judge denied his bail petition Wednesday.

A good doctor he isn't.

Per the Winnipeg Free Press, Justice Richard Schneider "reluctantly" rejected Giovanni Palumbo's request to grant him his freedom until a Nov. 15 proceeding, a decision that outraged the defendant and prompted yet another outburst in court.

"You know you're all very sick, you really are—it's so sad," yelled Palumbo. "Have fun, because I'm going to keep having fun, wherever I am…what a bunch of psychopaths. Woo hoo. Shame, shame, shame. Shame on all of you!"

Schneider cited an insufficient release plan as the basis for his ruling, since no one from his family stepped forward to supervise him.

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On Sept. 29, the 51-year-old surgeon shocked courtroom observers when he interrupted the 46-year-old Twain's live video testimony to declare he was pleading guilty to charges of criminal harassment and violating a court order to stay 500 meters away from the star.

Palumbo was busted in March at the Juno Awards in Toronto after Twain's security team noticed him in the audience while she was being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame—this after showering her with numerous love letters and showing up uninvited to her grandmother's funeral and her Ontario cottage.

On Sept. 30, when the crooner told the court that she wanted the harassment to stop, Palumbo jumped to his feet and claimed he only continued to send the love notes—letters that Shania described as "scary and haunting"—because he didn't know if she had received them.

At his sentencing hearing Tuesday, according to Canada's National Post, Palumbo maintained that he still thinks Twain is a "wonderful person."

His attorney asked Schneider to sentence his client to time served, stating that he would no longer attempt to contact the singer and would submit to any treatment plan ordered by the court.

However, the judge opted to keep him incarcerated after hearing the results of a psychiatric examination that concluded Palumbo suffered from bipolar disorder and a narcissistic personality disorder, but was mentally competent to be held criminally liable.

After prosecutor John Flaherty requested further clarity on evaluation, Schneider ordered the report's author, Dr. Helen Ward, to testify on Nov. 15 about Palumbo's mental health.

At that point, he will more than likely learn whether he will face additional jail time.

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