Obsessive, 49, who spent HALF his life stalking Emily Maitlis jailed

Obsessive, 49, who spent HALF his life stalking BBC’s Emily Maitlis after they met at Cambridge is jailed for three years because judge saw ‘no sight of harassment ending’ when he breached restraining order for TWELFTH time

  • Edward Vines has been jailed after sending two letters to Maitlis’s mother 
  • Proclaimed that he was in love with her and distressed and not hearing from her  
  • Jailed for three years at Nottingham Crown Court for breaching his order 

Obsessive stalker Edward Vines, 49, who has harassed Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis for more than 25 years, has been jailed for three years after breaching a restraining order for the twelfth time.

The defendant sent two letters to the BBC journalist’s mother saying he was in love with her and was ‘distressed’ when she ceased contact with him.

Vines said he had been ‘troubled’ by Ms Maitlis’s treatment of him while at Cambridge University in the mid-1990s – adding that she lied about him during a previous trial.

Maitlis (left) as subjected to a terrifying campaign in which Edward Vines (right) stalked her for 27 years 

At Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, a judge said he feared there was ‘no sight of this ever ending’ – describing the defendant’s behaviour as a ‘life-long obsession’.

Sentencing Vines on Monday, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC told the defendant: ‘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.

‘If you love Emily Maitlis as you say you do, one might be forgiven for saying you have a very strange way of showing it, because you have made her life, in many ways, a misery.’

Concluding his sentencing remarks, Judge Rafferty told Vines: ‘She can’t live a free life because of you. She is forever looking over her shoulder to see if you are there.

‘If you keep breaching the order, all the court can do is lock you up. 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.’


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