Who is ex-darts champ Ted Hankey jailed for sexual assault?

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Ted Hankey, who has been incarcerated for two years, was known by the nickname The Count during his professional darts career

Former darts world champion Ted Hankey has been jailed after he was caught on camera sexually molesting a young woman.

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The 54-year-old, who said he had “showed more self-pity than remorse,” dabbed away tears with a handkerchief at his sentencing at Chester Crown Court.

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The court heard the sexual assault victim now suffers from panic attacks and has developed PTSD.

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Former darts champion Ted Hankey has been jailed for sexual assault.

Who is Ted Hankey?

Ted Hankey from Stoke-on-Trent was a professional darts player who disguised himself as a vampire and was nicknamed The Count during his playing days. His walk-on music was the 2002 song Be on your way.

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Hankey first qualified for the 1998 British Darts Organization (BDO) World Championship.

He won the prestigious event in 2000 and 2009 and was also twice a runner-up at the Lakeside tournament.

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He was known for some controversial antics throughout his career.

During the 2008 BDO Championship, he was reprimanded for his behavior after hitting the dartboard when he was annoyed with the crowd.

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In another match, he was annoyed that the air conditioning was on and insisted on turning it off as his darts were lighter than his competitor’s and thought they would be affected. When this was refused, he threw his darts at the board without much effort or thought. His behavior was branded “ridiculous” by one commentator at the time.

In 2012, Hankey suffered a mini-stroke and missed the 2013 PDC World Darts Championship.

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Last December it was announced that Hankey was withdrawing from the World Seniors Darts Championship which was held in February.

Ted Hanky.

What was he accused of?

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Hankey, a father of three, pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual assault at a previous hearing.

The two-time darts world champion had “outright denied” any wrongdoing when he was first arrested and was “astonished” at the allegation.

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But he stopped talking and refused to answer further questions when detectives told him the attack was caught on camera, the court heard.

Chester clerk Judge Steven Everett said Hankey displayed an “arrogant claim” when he assaulted his victim in Cheshire on September 10 last year.

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Footage of the attack was played to the judge after the court was cleared of the press and public.

The young woman, still traumatized by the attack, cannot be named for legal reasons.

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Prosecutor Simon Parry said when Hankey was arrested he “flatly denied any wrongdoing” and said, “Why would I do that?”

The prosecutor said that when police told him the incident was caught on camera, Hankey “did not make any further comments on any questions.”

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In a victim’s impact statement read to the court, the woman said she now suffers from persistent stress, panic attacks and palpitations.

She added: “As a result of this crime, I believe I developed PTSD.

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“This crime has had a major impact on my mental health. I’m very suspicious of men. I find it very difficult to have physical contact with others.”

How long is he in prison?

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Hankey, whose wife is now divorcing him, was jailed for two years and ordered to serve 10 years on the sex offender registry.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Everett said to him, “You really thought nobody would believe her until you were shown the damning evidence.

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“You treated her as an object for your own disgusting and deviant sexual desires.

“Your self-pity at the loss of status and earning potential – you will never play darts on TV again.”

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Mark Connor, defending himself, requested a suspended sentence, saying the offense was “opportunistic” and that Hankey admitted it and wanted to apologize for his behavior.

Judge Everett replied, “He would have denied it to the bitter end if it hadn’t been filmed.”

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District Attorney Brian Forshaw, a specialist counsel for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Mersey Cheshire’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offenses Unit (RASSO), said: “The Crown Prosecution Service and Cheshire Police had damning evidence of this attack, and Mr Hankey thankfully pleaded guilty early. Now he has been convicted.

“The CPS would like to thank the victim for their help and courage in bringing these charges, and we have worked to support them.

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“Mr Hankey is now a convicted sex offender and this case might have prevented further offenses.”

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