Private school headmaster’s secret double life as serial stalker exposed

A top head teacher has been exposed as a serial stalker after putting his ex through hell.

Russell Hollins, 71, is now starting a two-year jail term for harassing Sally Eggington.

He was convicted of stalking his ex-wife and another ex-girlfriend in 2009, in 2010 and again in 2015, Birmingham Live reports.

Hollins, formerly from Rugby in Warwickshire, has also breached restraining orders banning him from contacting victims on seven occasions.

The 71-year-old was head at Treliske Prep School in Truro and at Wolverhampton’s independent Royal Junior School.

He was also deputy head at Coventry’s King Henry VIII School and headmaster of Chapter House Prep School at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, Little Ouseburn, Yorkshire.

His latest victim, Ms Eggington, has dubbed Hollins as a “manipulative, intellectually arrogant misogynist” after enduring nine months of torment.

He is accused of subjecting the woman to a flood of messages, using different names and numbers when she attempted to block him on social media or by text.

He also tried to get her sacked from her teaching job at a Warwickshire school.

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When he could no longer reach her, Hollins started targeting Ms Eggington's family, despite being arrested and served with a non-molestation order.

On one occasion, the man, who used his diagnosis of prostate cancer as emotional blackmail, travelled to Ms Edgington’s bungalow where he uprooted pot plants and threw rubbish on the drive.

In his panic to flee the scene, he almost ran over a neighbour trying to photograph the evidence.

In one of the messages he sent, Hollins offered Ms Edgington £25,000 if she would have him back. Other texts simply included threats and insults.

At Exeter Crown Court, Hollins, formerly of Rugby, but now living in Topham, Devon, where he cared for his 96-year-old mother, admitted stalking and breaching a non-molestation order.

He was also handed an indefinite retraining order, banning any contact with Ms Edgington, her employers or family, and prohibiting him from going to a large area of Warwickshire around Bulkington, Bedworth and Coventry.

Judge David Evans told the pensioner: ”You were prohibited by a court order from any further contact but for week after week, and month after month, you defied that order.

“She hoped the order would change your ways. You were sometimes pleading for her to resume contact but you were also abusing her, insulting her and belittling her in messages. With one exception, she did not reply.

"You used your ongoing ill-health as a tool to manipulate her emotions in your favour. You made derogatory assertions about her to others and false allegations.

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“You contacted her employers with the obvious intention of losing her her job. You have caused her very great distress and damaged her life.

"The stalking was clear evidence of some sort of inflated self-regard. You had a sense of entitlement and an expectation of subservience from her. The messages were cruel.

“She was the third woman who you have harassed over the past decade. This was a sustained course of quite deliberate behaviour.”

Ms Edgington, who has received counselling following her ordeal, says she is still scared every time the phone rings.

Her nightmare began in June 2018 and police were called three times.

The head teacher continued pursuing his prey despite a non-molestation order being imposed in September 2018 and did not stop until he was arrested in May this year.

Ed Bailey, representing Hollins, said his client is thoroughly ashamed of his actions.

”It is a complete embarrassment for him, with a distinguished background as an ex headmaster, to be in the dock in a crown court,” Mr Bailey said.

“It is a source of profound humiliation in terms of what he has achieved in his life.

“He became utterly besotted with Ms Edgington from the moment he met her. His infatuation led to his blinkered behaviour. He could not let her go and was drawn into this abusive correspondence with her and her children.

"He accepts it was utterly unforgivable to threaten them in the way he did, knowing those threats would get back to her.”

Hollins, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has also distressed his own mother, the court heard.

Without her son's constant care, she faces life in a care home.

The 71-year-old has a long track record of intimidating women in his life.

In 2010, Hollins was banned from an entire town in an attempt to stop him haranguing his ex-wife.

He was ordered to stay away from Easingwold, North Yorkshire, and prevented from entering the grounds of the school where his former partner worked.

At York Magistrates' Court, he admitted breaching a two-year restraining order.

That was the fourth time he had snubbed the order.

The court heard how his long-suffering victim simply wanted her former husband to stop and someone to “have a word with him”.

Hollins was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid community work and pay £250 prosecution costs.

District judge John Foster warned him: “I understand you harbour resentment about the way your marriage broke up and what happened. It is essential you put that behind you.

“The court is not going to tolerate you disregarding this order.”

Hollins, who had suffered a nervous breakdown, paid no heed to that warning.

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