Maisie Relph said her former driving instructor needed help, not jail despite his obsessive online harassment leaving her ‘petrified’ after creating a fake account
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A driving instructor who stalked one of his students has paid hackers hundreds of pounds to try to access his social media accounts.
Even when 19-year-old Maisie Relph dropped out of school and moved 200 miles away to attend college, obsessed Graham Mansie created a fake Instagram account to befriend her.
Maisie told how she was left “petrified” after Mansie, 52, broke bail to try to keep tabs on her.
Mansie was given a suspended sentence this month for harassing Maisie, a lifetime ban from contacting her and a pardon.
And brave Maisie says she’s glad he was helped rather than punished.
She said: ‘I’m still terrified – but he needs help, not to be locked up.
“The lifetime restraining order gives me peace of mind. If he had gone to jail, I would worry about his release.
“Police have said he will go to jail for five years if he breaks the order, so I’m pretty confident he’ll stick to it.”
Mansie started teaching Maisie in Bromley, southeast London, in 2020 when she was 17.
On her 18th birthday, he asked her out for a drink and created a driving advice TikTok called 4maisie, featuring a red heart with the words “My favorite”.
He even gave another student a gift bag to pass on to her, complete with £65 in restaurant vouchers.
His behavior made Maisie uncomfortable so she blocked him on social media.
But when she moved to York for college, Mansie created an Instagram account pretending to be an 18-year-old student named Ben Williams.
He befriended her and even joined a messaging group for her residencies.
During his arrest last November, Mansie also admitted to paying hundreds of pounds on the dark web to try to hack into Maisie’s social media accounts.
Police advised the teenager to cut her hair and change her look while Mansie was out on bail, but he contacted WhatsApp anyway to say ‘You just killed me’ – then disappeared for two days.
Maisie had to face Mansie in court after pleading not guilty. He then changed his plea.
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He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, a one-year suspended sentence, 30 days of rehab and to seek help from the Stalking Threat Assessment Center.
He was also barred from contacting Maisie and paying £300 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £128.
Bromley Magistrates’ Court heard Mansie twice breached his bail conditions to contact Maisie online.
Maisie, an educational psychology student, now wants other women to recognize the signs of bullying.
She said: “I would have stopped my classes much earlier if I had read a story like this.
“He was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to add that to the file,’ and I always thought it was a joke…now I wonder if he had a file on me.
“The police still haven’t told me everything they found on his computer.
“TikTok seemed a little 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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