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Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Stalker who had 'completely unshakeable obsession' with Emily Maitlis is jailed for three years
Aman who had a "completely unshakeable obsession" with BBC presenter Emily Maitlis has been jailed for three years for repeatedly breaching a restraining order.
Edward Vines, 46, who read English at Cambridge University's Queen's College while Newsnight host Ms Maitlis was an undergraduate, spent 25 years bombarding her and her family with letters.
You have what appears to me a completely unshakable obsession, underpinned by a couple delusion with regards to the relationship that had existed between you and Ms MaitlisJudge Peter Ross
He was convicted of harassment in 2002 and was subsequently issued with a restraining order in 2009, but he continued to "plague" Ms Maitlis with letters, demanding to know why their friendship crumbled, months after he declared his love for her.
He was found guilty at Oxford Crown Court of two counts of breaching the order, having previously pleaded guilty to two further breaches.
Judge Peter Ross said: ""Putting it bluntly, you've never had any reasonable case to contact Ms Maitlis following the order.
"You have what appears to me a completely unshakable obsession, underpinned by a couple delusion with regards to the relationship that had existed between you and Ms Maitlis.”
He added: "You have known for 25 years that this woman wants nothing to do with you. You've plagued her life and the life of her family."
Jurors took less than an hour to find Vines guilty of both counts. He showed no emotion as the jury foreman returned the verdicts.
In a witness statement, Ms Maitlis said she was worried for her family's safety after receiving a letter from Vines, who she said developed an "obsession" with her when she spurned his advances at university.
Asked by the judge if he would stand by a commitment he made during the short trial that he would not contact the Maitlis family if convicted by a jury, Vines said: "I will not write to Emily Maitlis or her mother, most likely ever again. It's early days, Your Honour."
Asked by the judge to clarify, Vines said: "I will never contact them again if I'm defeated rationally in court - and I cannot say I have been today."
The judge replied: "That is not the unambiguous assurance I was seeking."