Student, 19, stalked by obsessed driving instructor, 52

He paid dark web hackers to access her social media accounts and created a creepy TikTok account dedicated to her

A teenager left “petrified” by her driving instructor-turned-stalker — who paid dark web hackers to access her social media accounts — said she’s glad her tormentor wasn’t jailed because he “needs help”.

Graham Mansie, 52, was given a suspended sentence earlier this month for stalking his former student.

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Maisie Relph, 19, said for the first time she was glad he was helped and not punished.

A court heard how he became obsessed with the then 17-year-old while teaching her to drive.

She said she wasn’t initially worried about his behavior but after her 18th birthday he changed.

Stalker created the For Maisie TikTok account

Mansie asked the teen for a drink and created a TikTok account called “For Maisie,” which featured a red heart emoji and the bio, “my favorite.”

He also taught about 15 of her friends to drive and gave another student a gift bag to give to her, it said, and contained £65 restaurant vouchers.

Teen Maisie Relph was “petrified” after her driving instructor turned into a stalker – by creating a TikTok dedicated to her and paying dark web hackers to access her social networks. Credit: Lee McLean/SWNS

The gift basket had a key ring with a bone with her dog’s name on it and even a plaque with the Uni of York – the city she was due to move to.

When the victim blocked Mansie on all social media and stopped learning to drive with him, his car was spotted on her street.

Even when she moved to University in York, he followed her electronically – he created a fake Instagram account pretending to be an 18-year-old student named Ben Williams.

He even joined a WhatsApp group for their dorms.

And he showed up in town, but didn’t enter her accommodation, they said — and was arrested shortly thereafter.

During an interview, he also admitted to police that he had used the dark web and paid hundreds of pounds to try to hack into their social media accounts.

Maisie had to face him before he changed his plea to guilty.

Graham Mansie sentenced to probation

He was sentenced by Bromley Magistrates’ Court to an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year.

He was told to complete 30 days of rehabilitation and attend the Stalking Threat Assessment Center to get help.

The obsessed Graham Mansie, pictured, stalked Maisie Relph over a four-month period between July and October last year. Photo credit: SWNS

And he was banned from contacting the victim for the rest of his life and ordered to pay the court £300 in costs and a £128 victim’s surcharge.

The court was told he had already breached his bail conditions twice by contacting her on Instagram and WhatsApp.

“I think he needs help not to be locked away”

Maisie, a psychology student from Bromley, said: “It was a nightmare that 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 had a file on me.

“The police still haven’t told me everything they found on his computer.

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

“I’m really glad he’s getting help with the therapy sessions and the lifetime restraining order gives me peace of mind.

“If he had gone to jail the only thing I would worry about was when he got out and they said he’ll go to jail for five years if he breaks the order so I’m pretty confident he’ll stick to that.” will hold.

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

He called her his darling and invited her for a drink

Maisie signed up for 10 lessons with Mansie from Beckenham in July 2020 and ended up having a total of 32.

Mansie, 33 years older than the sixth grader, taught about 15 of her friends, all of whom passed their exams and recommended him.

For the first time, the friendly Maisie said she was glad he had been helped and not punished. Credit: Lee McLean/SWNS

The then 13th grader took a break from weekly driving lessons in November during the Covid-19 lockdown and started again in April 2021, just after her 18th birthday.

But Mansie’s behavior towards her has changed, she said.

He started calling her his darling, took her out for drinks, and spent most of the two-hour class talking about wanting to be in a relationship with someone, she recalled.

Exasperated but keen on her exam, which was booked for the end of May, the student continued her lessons, which now take place twice a week, but declined the offer of drinks.

“When we started classes again, I had a gut feeling that something was wrong”

When she failed her test, Mansie cried and said he couldn’t teach her anymore, she said.

Confused, Maisie said it wasn’t his fault and he booked a second test for late September, so she arranged a series of classes to start again in August.

Maisie said: “At first he was quite normal – none of my friends had any problems with him: I found him very reliable.

“When we started classes again, I had a gut feeling that something was wrong.

“He started saying, ‘Oh, you’re my favorite, you’re my favorite.’

“I was like, ‘Oh, that really doesn’t seem right,’ but it was so hard to get a test and an instructor that I thought I was going to pull it off, I really didn’t think it was going to get any worse.

“Then the Tik Tok seemed kind of crazy – the content was just driving advice but I felt really uncomfortable.

“And you’re not talking about how much you want to have a relationship with your 18-year-old student – I would never go there.

“I was extremely embarrassed that he cried when I failed my test and when he set up the Insta stuff it really didn’t feel right.”

“He used the dark web to ask people to hack into their private messages”

The teenager then received a request from a random account on Instagram in July, and Mansie shared that he created it to show how many days he would next see her.

Graham Mansie leaves Bromley Magistrates’ Court. Photo credit: SWNS

When she accepted it, she saw it was at 28 days, he then deleted it, she said.

One of her friends said he kept telling them he had a student he wanted to have a relationship with, and another said he gives weekly updates on the development of a potential relationship, she claims.

She then became scared when she received a message that he had joined her WhatsApp group on the student block at York University on October 8.

Police believe he tracked her down through her Facebook and posed as a student to gain entry.

Denise Clewes, prosecutor, told the court during Mansie’s sentencing: “In September 2021 she moved to York. He managed to join a WhatsApp group for their dorm with a profile of an 18-year-old boy.

“He’s made friends with all of her roommates.

“He used the dark web to ask people to hack into their private messages to see what he was doing. He lost hundreds of pounds trying this.

“On October 31, 2021 he traveled to York by train. He walked out of her dorm, but not in.

“Her father called the police and the accused was arrested on November 3.”

“I was absolutely petrified”

“I was absolutely petrified,” Maisie said. “He knew exactly where I was.

“It was really scary! I slept in my roommates’ rooms, I was so scared.

“They accompanied me everywhere, so I was never alone. I’m so happy they were so supportive and caring.

“I was really worried.”

Maisie Relph. Credit: Lee McLean/SWNS

Maisie changed her clothes and cut her hair into a bob after police advised her to change her appearance while Mansie was out on bail.

He reached out to her via Whatsapp to tell her “you just killed me” before going missing for two days.

Maisie said: “I felt so threatened and was on the ball when he said I killed him. I didn’t want to be responsible for him killing himself. I was so angry.

“I was scared when he disappeared, I thought he was looking for me and I didn’t feel safe, bail meant nothing to him so I wondered what else he could do.”

She added: “He’s not a bad person though […] He is absolutely obsessed and needs help, not punishment.

“I still worry about what he might do next – people can have stalkers for years.

“Emily Maitlis has had one who has been in and out of prison for 25 years.

“It’s a fixation and an obsession and going in and out of jail doesn’t help and we’d better invest in some kind of treatment.”

“What he’s doing is definitely wrong, but he was a nice, normal man that so many people had respect for and he lost all of that.

“I wonder if all the lockdowns weren’t good for him and he got very lonely.”

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