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BBC Emily’s stalker jailed over 25-year ‘obsession’

Letters:
Edward
Vines met
Ms Maitlis
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A STALKER who has harassed Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis for more than 25 years has been jailed after breaching a restraining order for the 12th time.

Edward Vines, 49, admitted trying to send two letters to the BBC journalist’s mother Marion to pass on to her — while already locked up for previous offences.

An earlier hearing was told that Vines’s ‘obsession’ with Ms Maitlis began after they met while at Cambridge University.

He bombarded her with letters and emails via the BBC and Newsnight and even rang her mother.

‘Life made a misery’: Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis

In 2018, he was jailed for 45 months for continuing to breach a restraining order first imposed in 2009 by writing to Ms Maitlis from prison and his bail hostel.

The latest letters — in May and October last year — were intercepted by prison officers after he was placed under public protection, meaning all his outgoing mail was checked.

Jailing him for three years at Nottingham crown court, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC described Vines as having a ‘lifelong obsession’ with Ms Maitlis. He said: ‘For whatever reason, you are convinced that you are in love with her and, no doubt, you think she is in love with you.

‘I am afraid I have to sentence you on the basis that you are a long way from any reality dawning on you. If you love Emily Maitlis as you say you do, you have a very strange way of showing it because you have made her life, in many ways, a misery.

‘She can’t live a free life because of you. She is forever looking over her shoulder to see if you are there. Until you can stop being the unrequited 19-year-old that you were at the start of all of this, nothing will ever change.’