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Driving instructor who stalked his 17-year-old student is jailed after breaching restraining order

An obsessed driving instructor who harassed his 17-year-old student was eventually jailed after breaking a restraining order and showed up at her house with Stanley blades.

Graham Mansie, 53, stalked Maisie Relph, now 19, over a four-month period between July and October last year.

He created a TikTok account called “For Maisie” which featured a red heart emoji and the “my favorite” biography, asked her for a drink and showered her with unwanted gifts, posing on WhatsApp as a first-year student.

He lost hundreds of pounds trying to pay dark web fraudsters to hack into his social accounts and left the teenager with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Maisie changed her clothes and cut her hair into a bob after police advised her to change her appearance while Mansie was out on bail.

The student said the ordeal left her unable to go out on her own and the stress of being bullied led to her being diagnosed with severe anorexia.

Maisie Relph, now 19, was stalked for four months between July and October last year

Graham Mansie, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal harassment and was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, in May – but has now been jailed.

Mansie, from Beckenham in south-east London, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal harassment and was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, in May this year.

But just nine days later the stalker got into his car and drove 220 miles to York, the court heard today.

He had already breached his bail conditions twice by contacting her on Instagram and WhatsApp before showing up outside her home, the court heard.

One of Maisie’s housemates saw Mansie sitting on the grass outside her window, rocking, when she returned from work around 11pm, the court heard.

The frightened students called security, who found injuries to her wrists. Mansie handed Stanley’s blades over and police found more blades, it was said.

Mansie was finally jailed for 20 months at York Crown Court today.

He was sentenced to 16 months for breach of a restraining order, two months for possession of blades and his two-month suspended sentence was activated, all consecutive.

Speaking just before the sentencing, Maisie said she feared he was using the knives to persuade her to go with him or sexually assault him.

Maisie, an educational psychology student from Bromley, south-east London, said: “It was awful – an absolute nightmare.” I only had nine days of freedom.

Maisie changed her clothes and cut her hair into a bob after police advised her to change her appearance when Mansie was out on bail

“I was confident he wouldn’t violate the restraining order, but I guess that was too good to be true.”

“I was all about rehab before, but he showed he needed to be in custody because it’s just not safe for me, my friends or him that he’s out.

“My housemates said I was like a different person for those nine days – I was so cool and smiling.

“I really thought I had my life back, but everything went wrong again.

“This whole situation has made me very cautious. I can no longer go out alone.

Maisie signed up for ten lessons with Mansie, from Beckenham, south-east London, in July 2020 and ended up having 32 in total.

Mansie showed up outside the teenager’s York flat on May 27, the court heard on Wednesday

Mansie, 33 years older than the sixth elder, taught about 15 of his friends who had all passed their tests and recommended him.

But he soon started calling her his ‘favorite’, invited her out for a drink and talked for much of the two-hour lessons about wanting to be in a relationship with someone, he claims. -she.

A friend of hers said he kept telling them he had a student he wanted to have a relationship with, she said.

Mansie was sentenced to an eight-week prison sentence suspended for a year at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on May 18 and was asked to complete 30 days of rehabilitation and attend the Stalking Threat Assessment Center for medical treatment. ‘assistance.

The court heard he had already breached his bail conditions twice by contacting her on Instagram and WhatsApp.

Then he showed up outside his flat in York on May 27, the court heard on Wednesday.

Masie’s victim impact statement in court said: “This crime has affected me both emotionally and psychologically.”

The student said the stress of being bullied led her to be diagnosed with severe anorexia and is in therapy.

“I think about what happened every day, constantly worried and paranoid about what might happen,” she said.

“I thought things really couldn’t get any worse after the previous incidents. However, when Mr Mansie broke a legal order just nine days after sentencing, it leaves me wondering if it will ever end.

She said he was ‘obsessed’ and driving from south London left her ‘stunned’.

“I am now a 19-year-old struggling with serious mental illness and having to live with a 53-year-old stalker while trying to get a degree,” the psychology student told the court.

Maisie said she was considering moving to Australia but didn’t want to change her life

Court heard Maisie was unable to answer questions during a police interview but gave a prepared statement saying he wanted to take his own life after information about the initial case emerged on social media sites.

She said: ‘I knew it was him as soon as I saw him sitting there – he was rocking back and forth and crying. He must be very sick.

“His image is imprinted in my brain. I can’t forget unfortunately. I could identify him anywhere from his Arsenal football top and his hair.

“I thought about changing my name and even emigrating to Australia.

‘I don’t want to do that though; I love my life and I don’t want to change it, and I can’t let it all revolve around it.

“I also think that if he wants to find me, he will. I definitely have post-traumatic stress because of it. Every time I see a red Ford Fiesta or someone in a football shirt, I freak out, even though he’s been in custody since May.

“It’s hard to describe how awful it is to worry about the end. He’s 53, so it could theoretically last at least another 20 years.

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