Dave Lee Travis given three month suspended sentence

Dave Lee Travis has been sentenced to three months in prison suspended for two years at Southwark Crown Court for groping a young researcher behind the scenes at the Mrs Merton Show

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Dave Lee Travis attacks justice system after indecent assault conviction

Former Top of the Pops presenter Dave Lee Travis said he was "mortified" to be convicted of indecent assault when he walked out of court.

But despite avoiding jail, there was no expression of remorse, for what his victim called an "unprovoked and terrifying assault".

Instead stood on the court steps, Lee Travis launched an attack on the justice system that forced him to face his accusers.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports.

Dave Lee Travis 'mortified' over conviction

Disgraced DJ Dave Lee Travis, who was given a suspended jail sentence for indecent assault at Southwark Crown Court, said he was "mortified" and "really disappointed" over his conviction but again criticised his prosecution.

I have always been worried, as have my close family and friends, that if the prosecution threw enough mud at me, some of it might stick.

Whilst I am relieved that I have been able to prove that I am not a sexual predator I am mortified and really disappointed that I was convicted of one count.

And it is of little comfort to me that I was acquitted of so many others.

Those closest to me, including my wife Marian, who have been by my side all the time, we all know the truth and I am grateful for that.

– Dave Lee Travis


Dave Lee Travis: 'The Crown failed to prove I was a sexual predator'

Dave Lee Travis has said the the judge who sentenced him to a suspended three month prison sentence "accepted today that the crown that failed to prove I was a sexual predator". The former Radio 1 DJ was speaking outside Southwark Crown Court.

Travis to journalist: 'You're making me uncomfortable'

Just before the judge arrived in court for the sentencing, Dave Lee Travis demanded that Sunday Times journalist Camilla Long move from her seat in the public gallery behind the dock.

Travis to journalist: 'You're making me uncomfortable'. Credit: PA

Ms Long wrote an article for the newspaper in 2012 in which she claimed she had been groped by the DJ during an interview.

After tapping on the glass-walled dock, Travis said: "You're making me uncomfortable. Get where you should be - in the press gallery."

When Ms Long replied that there were no seats available, Travis turned to the packed press gallery and said: "Anybody want to give her a seat?"

The exchange was interrupted when the judge entered the courtroom.

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Judge: DLT committed 'unpleasant sexual assault'

Judge Anthony Leonard has given Dave Lee Travis a three month sentence suspended for two years after being found guilty of one indecent assault. The judge told him that he had committed "an intentional and unpleasant sexual assault" on"a naive and trusting" 22 year old.

Dave Lee Travis. Credit: PA

He said that the former DJ was a well known celebrity who was in his late 40s at the time of the attack and would have "towered over" his victim, who was just 4 feet 11 inches and doing her first job after leaving university.

But the judge said that this single indecent assault was of "a different order of magnitude" to the offences committed by other celebrities such as Stuart Hall who had been convicted as part of the Yewtree Opertion.

Former DJ Dave Lee Travis walks free from court

Disgraced Dave Lee Travis has walked free from court despite being found guilty of groping a young researcher behind the scenes at The Mrs Merton Show.

The former Top Of The Pops presenter was sentenced to three months in prison suspended for two years by Judge Anthony Leonard QC.

London's Southwark Crown Court heard Travis got a "weird sexual thrill" when he indecently assaulted the woman, who is now a successful TV personality, in 1995.

It was an intentional and unpleasant sexual assault. You took advantage of a young woman in a vulnerable position whose job it was to look after you that day.

– Judge Anthony Leonard QC

The DJ cornered the woman in the corridor of a BBC television studio where she was smoking and commented on her "poor little lungs" before squeezing her breasts for 10 to 15 seconds.

Travis glanced at the floor and replied "Thank you, your honour" after the judge passed sentence.


Dave Lee Travis has 'spent £350,000 facing two trials'

Dave Lee Travis' barrister Stephen Vullo QC, mitigating, said his client has spent around £350,000 on the two trials he has faced. He said Travis's wife has been "by his side throughout" and the couple faced an "enormous cost" as they were forced to sell their family home.

Dave Lee Travis has 'spent £350,000 facing two trials'. Credit: PA

The DJ has not worked since his arrest in October 2012, Mr Vullo said. "He has not hidden away or tried to frustrate proceedings in any way," he added.

Travis has no previous convictions and is of "good character", the barrister said.

Mr Vullo said Travis had not called the victim a "liar and fantasist" but claimed she had "escalated and exaggerated" her accusation following the publicity against the DJ.

Dave Lee Travis victim impact statement read out

A victim impact statement has been read out at London's Southwark Crown Court ahead of the sentencing of Dave Lee Travis for indecent assault

The woman, who is a TV personality, said she felt "lucky" that she was "physically resilient" enough to get on with her life "thanks largely to my colleagues".

I coped with it by using humour. But remembering the incident still takes me back to feeling like a scared, vulnerable young woman.

Being called a liar and fantasist and being forced to recall the evidence in court has been painful.

I was particularly hurt by the defendant's claim that financial greed motivated me to come forward.

I have preserved my anonymity and will not claim compensation now or in the future. I simply wanted to tell the truth.

– Victim impact statement

She said she was "grateful" she was believed by her friends and the jury.

TV personality hits out over DLT claims she was a 'liar'

A television personality who was groped by Dave Lee Travis behind the scenes at The Mrs Merton Show has hit out at the DJ's claims that she was a "liar and a fantasist".

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis arrives at Southwark Crown Court with his wife. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The woman, who was in her early 20s when she was attacked by Travis, said the remarks were "painful".

In a victim impact statement read out at London's Southwark Crown Court ahead of his sentencing, the woman said: "I was a naive and trusting 22-year-old when I was subjected to an unprovoked and terrifying physical assault at my place of work.

"I was too paralysed with fear to confront my assailant."

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