TV presenter Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his former partner Anna Larke by subjecting her to a sustained campaign of emotional and domestic abuse.
The jury at St Albans Court heard details of their seven month relationship including how:
- Collins made her write down every sexual encounter she had ever had
- Stopped her using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter
- Made her sleep facing him and throw away DVDs because they featured actors she found attractive
- Made death threats against her
A brief statement released on behalf of the TV presenter said:
Jurors were played a secret recording she made of him verbally abusing her, in which he called her a "******* slag" and a "******* sex addict".
Anna Larke's family said they were ecstatic that "the jury were able to see through the lies of an abuser". They added:
Justin Lee Collins was to carry out 140 hours unpaid work within the next 18 months and ordered to pay £3,500 in prosecution costs.
Collins had nothing to say to waiting reporters as he quickly left court.
The Crown Prosecution Service said the case proved that victims of domestic abuse have a voice and it will be heard.
The court heard how Justin Lee Collins and Anna Larke lived together from January to July last year in a deeply troubled relationship as she tried to overcome alcoholism.
One juror was discharged late yesterday after eight hours of deliberations with the 11 remaining jurors deliberating for a further three hours and 46 minutes today.