'I fear my stalker will NEVER stop targeting me': Newsnight's Emily Maitlis tells of her anguish after the former friend who harassed her for 20 years was jailed

Mail Online | 1/18/2018 | Thomas Burrows for MailOnline
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Newsnight's Emily Maitlis has told of her anguish after her former university friend who harassed her for more than 20 years was jailed.

Ms Maitlis said she had been let down by the criminal justice system and Edward Vines's unwanted attention had a devastating impact on her family, likening it to a 'sort of chronic illness'.

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Vines, 47, was jailed on Tuesday by a judge at Oxford Crown Court for 45 months after admitting two breaches of an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the BBC journalist.

Speaking to the BBC the presenter said she fears her stalker will never stop harassing her and described her frustrations with the legal system after Vines was able to write letters to her while serving a previous prison sentence for earlier breaches of the restraining order.

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Ms Maitlis described this as 'bizarre beyond belief', adding: 'It was something that should never have got through, but it is extraordinary to think a stalker behind bars for corresponding can then carry on corresponding.'

The government apologised to Ms Maitlis after Vines was able to write to her from prison.

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He had then written again while out on licence and under the supervision of probation services.

Oxford Crown Court heard one letter ended with Vines saying 'I will not relent until you talk to me.'

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Judge Peter Ross said the fact Vines was able to send letters to Ms Maitlis from inside Bullingdon Prison and from approved probation premises was 'something of a scandal' and demanded answers from the governor and probation service within 10 days.

When he was released, Vines ramped up his campaign and bombarded her with more creepy messages.

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Ms Maitlis said that on an individual basis, authorities and police had been 'really caring and helpful' but there was a lack of co-ordination when dealing with victims.

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