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Emily Maitlis stalker ‘tried to write to ex-BBC star 8 times from jail

UNE “PERSISTENTstalker tried to bombard BBC presenter Emily Maitlis with letters from prison despite a restraining order, un tribunal entendu.

Edward Vines, 51, is accused of continuing to indulge hispersistent and obsessive fixationwith the ex-Newsnight journalist.

Edward Vines allegedly attempted to contact Emily Maitlis from prison

Edward Vines allegedly attempted to contact Emily Maitlis from prisonCrédit: Pennsylvanie

He was jailed for three years in February 2020 after breaching a restraining order imposed in 2009.

Vines, who met Emily at Cambridge University, was banned from contacting the presenter, son mari, kids and her mum Marion.

But he allegedly attempted to write to Emily eight times from prison between May 31, 2020, and December 23 l'année dernière.

Nottingham Crown Court was told he wrote how he wouldcontinue to brood and to write letters in prisonas he confessed hisunrequited love”.

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He also allegedly blamed Emily, who famously interviewed Prince Andrew over his links to Jeffrey Epstein, for not admitting to beingattracted to himas this hadresulted in her telling falsehoods against him”.

Vines also attempted to send letters to Marionwith all notes intercepted by the prison authorities, it was said.

Ian Way, poursuivre, mentionné: “This case has a long and unhappy history. For a period in excess of three decades, the defendant has demonstrated a persistent and obsessive fixation with the BBC journalist and broadcaster, Emily Maitlis whom he met at University in the 1990s.

The court was told Vines was given the restraining order in January 2009 that prohibited contact.

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Mr Way said he hassystematically and with increasing frequencybreached the order 12 times since then.

Il ajouta: “The prosecution case is simple. The validity and authority of the restraining order is not in issue.

The prohibitions in that Order are clear and unambiguousthat the defendant shall have no contact, by any means whatsoever with Emily or Marion Maitlis.

The defendant is aware of the Order, and by his own admission has written those letters in the knowledge of the existence of the Order which prohibits him from doing so.

Vines denies eight charges against him.

Le procès continue.

Emily met Vines while at Cambridge University

Emily met Vines while at Cambridge UniversityCrédit: Getty
The BBC presenter was granted a restraining order in 2009

The BBC presenter was granted a restraining order in 2009Crédit: Alamy
Vines denies the charges against him

Vines denies the charges against himCrédit: Pennsylvanie