Justin Lee Collins found guilty

The television presenter Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his former partner, Anna Larke. He has been sentenced to 140 hours community service within the next 18 months and ordered to pay £3,500 in prosecution costs.

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Collins found guilty after jury hears of campaign of harassment

Television presenter Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his former partner, Anna Larke.

  • A jury at St Albans Crown Court heard he subjected the video games public relations worker to sustained emotional and domestic abuse during their seven-month relationship
  • He made her write down in a Pukka pad all her previous sexual encounters regardless of how graphic
  • The court was told that Collins made her sleep facing him, throw away DVDs because they featured actors she found attractive and made death threats against her

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Justin Lee Collins trial: Jury still out in harassment case

A jury will continue deliberations today in the trial of television presenter Justin Lee Collins, who is accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend.

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Justin Lee Collins, leaves St Albans Crown Court in St Albans, Hertfordshire Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The panel of nine women and three men were unable to reach a verdict on Saturday after being sent out by the judge and will return to St Albans Crown Court today.

Collins denies harassing his former partner Anna Larke.

During his 10-day trial the court heard details of the couple's tempestuous relationship in which they frequently fell out and argued.

Jury due back at court in Justin Lee Collins trial

A jury will continue deliberations tomorrow in the trial of television presenter Justin Lee Collins, who is accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend.

The panel of nine women and three men were unable to reach a verdict on Saturday after being sent out by the judge to begin their deliberations and will return to St Albans Crown Court tomorrow.

Comedian Justin Lee Collins.
Comedian Justin Lee Collins. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They had been asked to come into court on Saturday, an unusual move because courts do not usually sit at the weekend, so that Judge John Plumstead could finish his summing up in Collins's case.

It is believed there may be problems with juror availability this week and Judge Plumstead was keen to retire jurors as soon as possible.

Long-haired Collins, who appeared in court dressed in a checked shirt, pair of jeans and a dark blazer, denies harassing his former partner Anna Larke.

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Jury retires in Justin Lee Collins trial

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Justin Lee Collins denies the charge of harassment Credit: PA

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of television presenter Justin Lee Collins.

He is accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke.

After a 10-day trial at St Albans Crown Court, the panel of nine women and three men will begin its deliberations regarding allegations that Mr Collins subjected Ms Larke to domestic and emotional abuse.

Collins used ex-girlfriend's past as 'rock'

Television presenter Justin Lee Collins used details of his ex-girlfriend's sexual past as a "rock" with which to harm her, a court heard.

Collins, 38, had a seven-month relationship with video games public relations worker Anna Larke, who is accusing him of harassment.

The Crown alleges that the Collins was a controlling, sexually jealous boyfriend who made Ms Larke write down every sexual encounter she ever had. Collins says the list was Ms Larke's idea to "unburden" herself.

Justin Lee Collins, arrives at St Albans Crown Court in St Albans Hertfordshire. Credit: PA Wire

But prosecuting barrister Peter Shaw told the jury: "Why would a woman choose to do such a thing? You can see the level of detail in that book.

"Is it plausible that what he says, this was therapeutic, cathartic? It is not, the Crown say."

He added: "It was to haunt Anna Larke because despite this defendant's assurances about what a good thing it would be to do, he used it as a rock against which any self esteem she did have would be dashed."

Collins denies harassment.

Agent describes Justin Lee Collins as 'respectful'

Justin Lee Collins's agent, Peter Bennett-Jones, has described his client as "an extraordinarily polite individual professionally".

Mr Bennett-Jones added that Collins had a "polite, respectful nature with everybody he has worked with".

"The behaviour I have read about and has been reported is inconsistent," he said, but acknowledged that he had not heard the recording of Collins's row with Ms Larke.

The trial will resume at 10am tomorrow when counsel will make closing speeches and Judge John Plumstead will sum up.

Justin Lee Collins a 'lovely, genuine person' says ex-wife

Justin Lee Collins's former wife Karen told has told a court that they are still friends and he was a "lovely, genuine person" who was never violent to her.

Speaking with Collins looking on from the dock, she said he was a "lovely dad" to their sons Archie, seven, and Harvey, four.

Collins's friend Boyd Hilton, a journalist on Heat magazine, described him as "incredibly friendly, funny and down to earth".

Mr Hilton, who ghost-wrote Collins's autobiography and has been on several holidays with him, said: "He is obviously quite famous but is always very normal.

"He is really quite shy. He doesn't really like the showbusiness world and he doesn't hang out in that world."

Mr Hilton joined the defendant and Ms Larke on holiday when she alleges Collins bruised her face.

He said he hadn't seen any bruises and said Collins was "always very supportive of her".

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