June 17, 2021

Emily Maitlis stalker breached restraining order for 12th time

A stalker who has harassed Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis for two decades has been sentenced for breaching a restraining order for the 12th time.

Edward Vines, 49, was serving a 45-month sentence when he wrote to her mother Marion Maitlis last year.

He sent two letters in May and October, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said Vine had a “lifelong obsession” with the journalist and sentenced him to a further three years in jail.

Vines, who is in custody at HMP Nottingham, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the order, which was originally imposed in 2009 and prevents him from contacting Ms Maitlis and her family.

The defendant, from Oxford, first met Ms Maitlis when they were students at Cambridge University.

He was first convicted of harassing her in 2002.

Ms Maitlis has previously spoken publicly of the “devastating impact” Vine’s harassment has had on her family.

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