Maitlis stalker told jury: ‘If I get out of prison, I’ll send these letters’

A “compulsive” stalker with an “insatiable desire” to speak to former BBC Newsnight host Emily Maitlis for the past 30 years has told the jury he will still write to her me if he gets out of prison.

dward Vines allegedly attempted to violate a restraining order involving Ms Maitlis eight times between May 2020 and December 2021, with letters to her and her mother sent from HMP Nottingham.

Giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, the 52-year-old told jurors: “The matter stems from a young man deeply in love with a woman … not saying in the 1990…that I love you.”

Vines said he was “unable to heal” because of the ban, but insisted he never intended to send the letters to Ms Maitlis or her mother because he knew they would be intercepted by prison staff again.

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Edward Vines (Thames Valley Police / PA)

The defendant told the court he wanted the jury to see the letters “so they could hear my point and Emily owes me an apology”.

The jury of seven women and five men had previously heard that Vines had a three-decade “relationship” with the journalist, and wrote two more letters to her and her mother after the trial. The previous six people’s trial was cancelled.

Ms Maitlis interviewed the Duke of York in 2020, prompting Andrew to resign after being criticized for his unfriendly tone and lack of remorse over his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Before answering prosecutor Ian Way’s question, Vines presented his own case, saying: “I know that very strict measures are in place to let the letters get out.

“As I sat in my cell at Nottingham Prison, I knew that no letter would reach Emily more than a letter would reach the moon.”

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HMP Nottingham (Lewis Stickley / PA)

During his cross-examination, Mr Way asked Vines: “Do you understand that you are prohibited from contacting Emily Maitlis and Marion Maitlis?”

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“I have,” replied the defendant.

“So explain to the jury, please, what was the purpose of writing the letters,” Mr Way said.

The defendant replied: “One thing is what happened between Emily and I at university years ago.

“Also, she won’t talk to me unless the jury says she should talk to me.

“No one else is going to listen, no one is on my side, and I believe 12 members of the public will be able to.”

Cops are like wild dogs to me, trying to kill me when I try to contact Emily MaitlisEdward Vines

Explaining why he believed he had good reason to violate his restraining order, Vines told jurors: “So I can convince the jury … that Emily wrong and Emily was mean to me.”

He continued: “If I were free, I would send these letters.

“Now, if I harassed them, they (the police) wouldn’t discuss it with me.

“The police were like wild dogs to me, trying to kill me when I tried to contact Emily Maitlis.”

Mr Way then asked: “It’s all about you talking to Emily Maitlis, isn’t it?”

Vines replied, “It’s about talking to Emily, yes.”

“The ban you do,” Mr Way added.

“Unless I have a good reason,” Vines replied.

“Emily doesn’t want to talk to you, does she?”

“I don’t know Emily’s state of mind.”

Mr Way continued: “What drives you, Mr Vines, is your insatiable desire that you have to talk to Emily. That’s behind everything you do, isn’t it? “

Vines replied: “I think the problem stems from a young man deeply in love with a woman from college and not saying in the 1990s, when she met me, that I loved you.

“That’s the reason for the constant hurt I have to endure. I can’t heal because you’ve got a restraining order. “

Vines denied all eight charges.

The trial continued.

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