9th Oct 2012 5:02pm | By Editor
TV comedian and presenter Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of causing fear of violence to his ex-partner Anna Larke and sentenced to 140 hours community service.
Collins, 38, heard the jury’s verdict today at St Albans Crown Court on the charge for events between January and July 2011.
The court had been given detailed accounts of a dossier of Larke’s past sex life and what was described as a "campaign of abuse" by the Friday Night Project co-host.
Larke said she was "absolutely ecstatic" at the court’s finding.
‘We are absolutely ecstatic with the verdict and are relieved the jury were able to see through the lies of an abuser,’ she said.
Collins' publicist said in a statement that he was ‘extremely disappointed by the verdict’.
‘He will consider his position with his lawyers,’ the publicist stated.
Justice John Plumstead sentenced Collins, of Kew, to undergo the unpaid work in the next 18 months and to pay £3,500 in prosecution costs.
‘This is a serious matter and any violence within a relationship, where people should be able to rely on each other, is a breach of trust,’ Justice Plumstead said.
He added the community service would be ‘humble work’ for Collins.
‘It's intended to make you pause and think about what you have done,’ Justice Plumstead said.
During the trial, the jury heard that Collins subjected Larke to emotional and domestic abuse during their relationship, which lasted seven months.
The court was told Collins made her sleep facing him, throw away DVDs due to him being jealous of the actors in them and made death threats against her.
Collins alleged Larke was a compulsive liar and denied the charge.
The jury delivered their verdict after three days and 12 hours of deliberation.
Larke gave a statement outside the court: ‘We are absolutely ecstatic with the verdict and are relieved the jury were able to see through the lies of an abuser.
‘We will not rest on our laurels in the wake of this good news and intend to go out into the world and use this experience to empower women to stand up to domestic abuse.
‘We will also be campaigning to have emotional abuse properly recognised in law and do our utmost to end the much reported culture of celebrities using their positions to abuse people without fear of reprisal.’
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