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Obsessed driving instructor stalked ‘favorite’ student trying to hack her social media

Graham Mansie was Maisie Relph’s driving instructor (Image: SWNS)

A teenager who was stalked by a driving instructor almost three times her age has spoken out about his conviction.

Graham Mansie, 52, tried to use the dark web to trick hackers into accessing then-17-year-old Maisie Relph’s social media accounts while he harassed her for months.

But Londoner Miss Relph, now 19, has said she is delighted Mansie avoided jail after admitting to stalking – saying instead she is glad he was helped, not punished.

The student’s former instructor created a TikTok account dedicated to her and “scared” his victim during a lengthy campaign last year.

Now, for the first time since his conviction, Miss Relph declared: “It was a nightmare I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

“I want to raise awareness because if I had read a story like this I would have finished my class much sooner.

“In my classes he would always say things like, ‘Oh, I’ll add that to the file,’ and I always thought it was a joke, but now I’m wondering if he has a file on me.

Graham Mansie leaving Bromley Magistrates Court, Bromley, 18th May 2022. See SWNS story SWNNinstructor. An obsessed 52-year-old driving instructor who created a TikTok account for his 17-year-old student and paid scammers to hack into her social media was spared jail today (WED). ???Amorous??? Graham Mansie followed Maisie Relph for a four-month period between July and October last year. He also asked them for drinks, showered them with unwanted gifts and even showed up at their university halls in York. He found her and her roommates on WhatsApp posing as a male freshman student.

Mansie told his victims’ parents he was in love with her (Image: SWNS)

“It’s really shocking and I’m still scared but I think he needs help not to be locked away.”

After a series of classes, Mansie became obsessed with Miss Relph, a Bromley psychology student who had been recommended to her by friends.

He told Miss Relph she was his “darling”, tried to shower his victim with gifts, asked her for a drink and confessed his love to her parents.

His behavior became increasingly strange between July and October 2021.

On one occasion the instructor attempted to give another student a gift bag to give to Miss Relph.

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Miss Relph cut off all contact with her instructor but he continued his stalking campaign (Image: SWNS)

It contained £65 restaurant vouchers, a key ring with eight personalized tags and a card on which he described them as “nice” and “amazing”.

Disturbed by the unwanted attention, the teenager told her mother, who confronted Mansie directly.

When told he could no longer teach their daughter, the instructor replied, “Is it because I love her?”.

Denise Clewes, prosecutor, told Bromley Magistrates’ Court the student moved to York in September – but Mansie joined a WhatsApp group for her residence halls and used a profile for an 18-year-old boy.

“On October 31, 2021 he traveled to York by train. He walked out of her dorm but didn’t go in,” the attorney explained.

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Miss Relph says she wants to raise awareness of the issue (Image: SWNS)

“Her father called him and said, ‘You’re a pervert.’ He replied: “I love your daughter, she is 18.”

When the victim blocked Mansie on all social media and cut off contact, Mansie attempted to hack into their accounts via the dark web, the Crown Prosecution Servce (CPS) said.

The 52-year-old, who was convicted on Wednesday May 18 after previously pleading guilty to a count of stalking, was reported to police in October 2021 and arrested the following month.

The court heard he had been in contact with the victim since his bail terms, most recently in April when he sent her a WhatsApp message that read, “They killed me,” along with a link to a news article about the case .

The student, who read a victim’s statement to the court from behind a screen, explained in detail how Mansie’s behavior had left her unable to eat or sleep.

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The teenager added that the last contact, where he seemed to blame her for the situation, made her “wonder what he was going to do next”.

District Judge Vanessa Lloyd sentenced Mansie to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, during which time he will also wear a surveillance badge.

He was also placed under an indefinite restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim online or in person, or from anywhere he knows she might be.

Mansie was also asked to pay £300 in expenses, complete rehabilitation and visit the Stalking Threat Assessment Center for help.

Following the sentencing, the University of York student continued: “I am delighted that he is having help with the therapy sessions and the lifetime restraining order gives me peace of mind.

“If he had gone to jail I would only be concerned about when he gets out and they said he’ll go to jail for five years if he breaks the order so I’m pretty confident he’ll comply becomes.

“It’s a win-win, he’s getting help and I feel relieved, as do all my friends and housemates and their families who are all victims of it too.”

Piers Kiss-Wilson, defending himself, had claimed the case could be traced back to “misinterpretation” and that Mansie was “deeply embarrassed”.

The court heard that he has since lost his job and is unemployed.

But Miss Relph confessed she remains concerned about what he might do next, noting that presenter Emily Maitlis has had a stalker for 25 years.

“It’s a fix and an obsession and going in and out of jail doesn’t help and we’d better invest in some kind of treatment,” she argued, asking if lockdowns contributed to Mansie’s behavior.

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