A driving instructor who stalked one of his pupils paid hackers hundreds of pounds to try and access her social media accounts. Even when Maisie Relph, 19, stopped lessons and moved 200 miles away to go to university, obsessed Graham Mansie created a fake Instagram account to befriend her.
Maisie told how she was left “petrified” after Mansie, 52, broke bail conditions to try to keep tabs on her. Mansie was this month given a suspended sentence for stalking Maisie, a lifelong ban from contacting her and ordered to go through rehabilitation. And brave Maisie says she is glad he has been helped rather than punished.
She said: “I’m still terrified – but he needs help, not to be locked away. The lifelong restraining order gives me peace of mind. If he’d gone to jail, I’d be worrying about when he gets out. The police said he’ll go to prison for five years if he breaks the order, so I feel pretty confident he’ll stick to it.”
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Mansie started teaching Maisie in Bromley, South East London, in 2020, when she was 17. On her 18th birthday, he asked her to go for a drink and created a driving tips TikTok called 4maisie, featuring a red heart with the words “My favourite”. He even gave another student a gift bag to pass on to her, with £65 in restaurant vouchers.
His behaviour made Maisie feel uneasy so she blocked him on social media. But when she moved to York for university, Mansie created an Instagram account pretending to be an 18-year-old student called Ben Williams. He befriended her and even joined a messaging group for her halls of residence.
When arrested last November, Mansie also admitted paying people on the dark web hundreds of pounds to try and hack Maisie’s social media accounts. Police advised the teenager to cut her hair and change her look while Mansie was on bail, but he still got in touch on WhatsApp to say, “You’ve just killed me” – then went missing for two days.
Maisie had to face Mansie in court after he pleaded not guilty. He later changed his plea. He was given eight weeks’ jail, suspended for a year, must have 30 days of rehab and seek help from the Stalking Threat Assessment Centre. He was also banned from ever contacting Maisie and told to pay £300 in costs and a £128 victim surcharge.
Bromley magistrates court heard Mansie had twice breached bail terms to contact Maisie online. Maisie, a psychology in education student, now wants other women to recognise the signs of stalking.
She said: “I’d have stopped my lessons much sooner if I’d read a story like this. He’d say, ‘Oh, I’ll add that to the file’, and I always thought it was a joke… now I wonder if he did have a file on me. The police still haven’t told me everything they found on his computer. The TikTok seemed kind of crazy. It made me really uncomfortable. And he cried when I failed my test the first time. Things really didn’t feel right.”
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