Driving instructor created TikTok dedicated to 'favourite' student

Driving instructor created TikTok dedicated to 'favourite' student

May 18, 2022

Obsessed driving instructor, 52, who created a TikTok account dedicated to his ‘favourite’ student, 17, and paid dark web fraudsters to hack her social media avoids jail for stalking

  • Graham Mansie, 52, at one point tried to get hackers to access her social media
  • He also asked the teenager out for drinks and told her she was his ‘favourite’ 
  • After she blocked him online, Mansie set up the fake TikTok dedicated to her 

A driving instructor who became obsessed with his teenage student and created a TikTok account dedicated to her has been given a suspended sentence after launching a sustained stalking campaign.

Graham Mansie, 52, also lost hundreds of pounds trying to pay dark web fraudsters to hack into 17-year-old’s social media accounts and see what she was up to.  

Mansie’s behaviour grew increasingly inappropriate between July and October last year as he taught the victim to drive in Bromley. 

The 52-year-old also asked the teenager out for drinks, told her she was his ‘favourite’, attempted to shower her with gifts and turned up at her university halls in York. 

He also found her and her flatmates on WhatsApp by posing as a male first-year student after she turned 18.   

Her dad called him after he showed up saying ‘you are a pervert’ and Mansie responded: ‘I love your daughter, she is 18.’ 

Mansie pleaded guilty to one count of stalking at an earlier hearing last month and was given an eight week jail term suspended for a year and banned from contacting the victim for the rest of his life today.

Graham Mansie (pictured in front of the court), 52, at one point tried to use the dark web to get hackers to access the 17-year-old on social media after becoming fixated with her when she began taking lessons with him last year

On one occasion the instructor tried to give another student a gift bag to pass on to her which contained £65 in restaurant vouchers, a keyring with eight personalised charms and a card where he described her as ‘kind’ and ‘amazing’.

Disturbed by the unwanted attention, the teenager told her mother, who confronted Mansie directly and told himhe could no longer give her daughter lessons. 

Mansie replied: ‘Is it because I love her?’

When the victim blocked Mansie on all social media and cut off contact, he attempted to use the black web to enlist hackers to access her accounts, the Crown Prosecution Servce (CPS) said.

He created a TikTok account dedicated to her with a love heart emoji as well as a fake Instagram page through which he attempted to catfish her and her friends, according to Denise Clewes, prosecuting. 

When the victim moved out of London to start university in September, he posed as a fellow student on WhatsApp to gain access to a group for her halls of residence.

He even attempted to follow her to her accommodation in person, and on a separate occasion was also spotted near her home address in the capital before quickly making off.

Ms Clewes said: ‘On 31 October 2021 he travelled to York by train. He walked outside her halls of residence but did not go inside.

‘Her dad called him saying “you are a pervert”. He responded “I love your daughter, she is 18.” Her dad called police and the defendant was arrested on 3 November.’

The 52-year-old appeared in the dock at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for sentence, having earlier pleaded guilty to one count of stalking.

The court heard he had since breached his bail conditions by contacting the victim twice on social media. 

In April he sent her a WhatsApp message saying: ‘You have killed me’ along with a link to a news article about the case.

Mansie’s behaviour grew increasingly inappropriate between July and October last year as he taught the victim to drive in Bromley. Pictured: Bromley Magistrates’ Court

The student read a victim impact statement to court from behind a screen in which she detailed how Mansie’s behaviour had left her unable to eat or sleep.

‘I am scared and think about it every day. What worries me most is the uncertainty of not knowing what he will do as he has come to York to try and find me.

‘I have stopped wearing my coat and cut my hair as he complimented me on them both. I often can’t sleep and feel very vulnerable as I have moved away from my family. I am scared he will come and break into where I live.’

The teenager added that Mansie’s latest contact, in which he appeared to blame her for the situation, left her feeling ‘distressed,’ ‘upset’ and ‘wondering what he’d do next’.

‘I am worried he will return to my university accommodation and am very worried for my safety,’ she added. ‘The people in my university accommodation have been affected by this. They are absolutely petrified and worried about him turning up.

‘I have missed two weeks of teaching and it has negatively impacted my studies and my mental health.

‘I have lost my appetite and doctors are concerned about my weight and eating.’

Piers Kiss-Wilson, defending, said the case could be put down to a ‘misinterpretation’ and that the 52-year-old was ‘deeply ashamed’ of his actions.

District Judge Vanessa Lloyd sentenced Mansie to eight weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, citing the ‘persistent nature’ of the offending as an aggravating feature.

Judge Lloyd accepted that he had not intended to cause alarm to the victim, but added: ‘But your behaviour did cause a great deal of distress, to (her), to her parents and to her fellow students … and their parents.’

Mansie shook his head as the judge told him he seemed to be ‘having some difficulty that (the victim) doesn’t return your affections’.

‘It was pointed out to you very early on that your behaviour was unwanted and inappropriate but you persisted … even after you pleaded guilty, and you breached your bail conditions,’ Judge Lloyd said.

After he was found guilty last month, Tracy Mesmain, a district crown prosecutor in the magistrates unit in CPS London South, said after the conviction: ‘Stalking can be deeply distressing and can have a long-term impact upon victims.

Mansie was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim online or in person and from attending any location where he knows she may be

‘Graham Mansie became besotted with his student. As a trusted driving instructor he was simply tasked with helping a teenager pass her test, but his conduct became inappropriate and worrying.

‘The victim also described his actions as making her feel vulnerable. The prosecution case included phone evidence which showed that Mansie had accessed the victim’s social media pages numerous times.

‘When arrested and interviewed, he also confessed to police that he had used the dark web to try to contact people to hack into the victim’s social media accounts, in order to see what she was up to after getting blocked.

‘He told police officers that he had lost hundreds of pounds being scammed trying to do this and was in love with the victim.’

Mansie was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim online or in person and from attending any location where he knows she may be.

He was also ordered to pay £300 in costs, £128 victim surcharge and wear an electronically monitored tag for 12 months and visit the Stalking Threat Assessment Centre to get help.

‘There’s no need for you to ever have any contact with her. (She) is just beginning her adult life, and that doesn’t include you,’ the judge told him.

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