BBC Presenter Emily Maitlis' stalker jailed for breaking restraining order 12 times

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by Josh Peachey

The stalker of BBC Newsnight Presenter Emily Maitlis has been jailed after breaching a restraining order for the 12th time.

At Nottingham crown court, Edward Vines, 49, who has stalked the Newsnight presenter for over 25 years, was given his three-year jail sentence.

The two letters Vines sent to Maitlis' mother said that he was in love with her and that he was distressed about how she had cut off contact with him.

In court, he said that she lied about him during a previous trial and he was troubled by Maitlis’s treatment of him while they had been students at Cambridge University in the mid-90s.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said he feared there was “no sight of this ever ending” and described the defendant’s behaviour as a “lifelong obsession”.

Vines pleaded guilty to attempting to breach a restraining order between 7 May and 16 May last year, and again on 6 October by sending a letter to Marion Maitlis to pass on to the journalist.

The Guardian reported that the Judge sentenced Vines, saying: “For whatever reason, you have an obsession with Emily Maitlis and it is your belief that you have been wronged by her and you have been wronged by the law.

“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.

“This at the moment has to be treated as a life-long obsession by you. All the court can do is try to protect Ms Maitlis and her family as best as it can. Until you can take the step to stop being the unrequited 19-year-old that you were at the start of all of this, nothing will ever change.”

Ian Way, prosecuting, said Maitlis had not been approached for a victim impact statement because “each repeated episode compounds the distress”.