This is the boy with a childish face who is now standing behind bars to watch.
ilmmaker Riagain Grainger has worked on projects starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Charlize Theron, including the Netflix shows The School for Good and Evil, The School for Good and Evil and Dungeons and Dragons starring Bridgerton and Hugh. Grant.
And ex-girlfriend Steph Basnett said she was told by police they “missed the opportunity” when she first raised the alarm four years ago.
Greater Manchester Police have apologized to the 23-year-old and another former partner of the stalker for not taking their concerns more seriously.
Grainger would go on to terrorize another young woman before the coin seemed to drop to the level of danger he posed and he was eventually jailed.
“I feel very disappointed. I believe a lot of what happened could have been prevented. The police told me before that if he went out [of jail], he will do this to someone else. Steph said.
“What terrifies me is that you wouldn’t think he was a danger until that happened. Now, wherever I go, I look for exits and plan my escape route – that’s what he did to me.”
Sunday Life has revealed how Grainger, from Trillick, Co Tyrone, turned from a charming teenager into a sinister threat when his girlfriend broke up with him.
It reported evidence of repeated calls, photos he took of his unsuspecting victims as he lurked in the dark, then multiple attempts by those victims to claim police. Manchester police do something about him.
“I was woken up in silly hours this morning by a fake account ringing me. I was given sleeping pills for all that was going on and it was seriously affecting my health. Steph wrote in an email.
“Stalking me and taking pictures of me after work is lurking and it needs to be dealt with,” she said in another.
Third reading: “This really scares me and if you can, please call me for an update.”
In the end, the young girl’s parents flew to Manchester and begged the police to do something about it.
“We begged and Steph did. I said what any parent would say – ‘Why isn’t she getting help? Why don’t you do something? ‘” said Angela’s mother.
“If they had done what they should have done, they would have found out this guy had a profile.”
It all happened in 2018 when Grainger and Steph were both studying at Manchester Metropolitan University on the same film course.
They met in Fermanagh, where she lived with her family and became inseparable.
“He is so charming. He cannot do enough for you. It was my first relationship. She said.
“We spent every second together. I can see us graduating together, going through it together.
“In retrospect, there were warning signs. If I go out with the girls for a night out, he’ll suddenly show up – something like that. ”
Angela’s mother added: “I always felt sorry for him. He seems to have a needy side. Now I would describe him as manipulative, persuasive, and a pathological liar. It’s something you might read in the newspaper or watch on TV. “
Her daughter was unprepared for what was to come after she informed Grainger that their relationship was on track.
“I just said, ‘Look, I’m happy to be civil and friendly, but it’s not a relationship anymore,'” she said.
“He went off the rails. He ran into the city center and tried to injure himself, threatening to commit suicide.”
But that’s just the beginning of it. Then there were the endless phone calls and texts from fake social media accounts, day and night. Steph says: “Every time I block him, three more accounts pop up. “[There were] continuous pictures of me, taken from behind, with the words, ‘Watch where you’re going, see what you’re wearing’.
“Once I was really worried because he was standing outside my bedroom window, which overlooked a lake. He said, ‘I’m going to jump in the lake’. I was in a state of utter fear. Also, I have a huge amount of guilt, even though I know it’s not my fault – it was his actions. It is very sad. ”
Mother Angela added: “My fear is, where is this going to end up? Do we have to bring Steph home for her to get rid of him?
“One day he called me and said he was worried about Steph. He said she would be sharing a house with a drug dealer, she was heavily in debt and had turned to prostitution. It’s all a lie.”
But even worse has come. After a night out with friends, Steph wakes up to find Grainger in her bed. “His arms wrapped around me so tightly that I couldn’t move. It’s a feeling of being tied down. When I tried to kick him out, he started hurting himself. It was horrible,” she said.
“Then I found out that while I was sleeping, he used the fingerprint to unlock my phone and told all my friends that we were back together.”
Mother Angela added: “It was the nail in the coffin for me. I feel sick body. Steph called me and said, ‘Mom, it’s Riagain’. At this point there is a photograph of him standing behind the reception inside the student residence saying: ‘Don’t let this person in the building’, because the stalking has gone bad. I called the front desk in a panic and said, ‘Get someone to Steph’s room now. Get him out of there’. “
Steph said that after police were called, Grainger was given an official harassment warning.
She also attempted to put a sexual harassment ban on him, but that proved difficult to do as he was constantly moving between Manchester and Trillick and could not be arrested.
“In the police station, I was asked to delete my social media. They say I’m 19 years old and will be more mature,” Steph said.
“I felt [they treated it like], ‘It’s just a silly message, it’s not real’, but the pictures of him following me are real. The fear I am feeling is real. I feel like they’re completely stopping me. It is just brutal.
“[I had] endless sleepless nights. I was very stressed and I didn’t eat. I went six months without solid food.
“In one of my statements to the police, I said, ‘I don’t want him to do this to anyone else,’ and he did.”
Grainger turned his back on his next girlfriend when the relationship ended. Like Steph, she tried to call the police, but it wasn’t until after a third young woman came forward that the stalker, at this stage a rising filmmaker, would be charged and then charged. jailed for crimes two and one. -five. The 23-year-old admitted to stalking after the two previous victims agreed to testify.
“I was called to give a bad character reference. The policeman told me that he [Grainger] Steph said.
“My heart is heavy. I feel like it could have been prevented. Two more people may not have been through the same experience.”
The trial completely exposed the stalker’s troubled past.
Currently, Grainger has been placed on probation for harassing a woman he met on Tinder.
He was also warned for bullying a teenage girl online while he was living here.
Apologizing to Steph and the other young girl, Greater Manchester Police admitted they had “let them down”.
Both cases are currently under review and may be reopened.
“I have PTSD because of what happened to me. You can’t pass something like this. It will haunt me for years to come,” Steph said.
Mother Angela added: “Steph deserves to be able to go to work and not look over her shoulder. She deserves to go home and not have to look over her shoulder. She deserves to be heard, helped when she asks for it.
“We’ve all left invisible scars of this.”
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