Justin Lee Collins guilty of harassment

BRISTOLIAN comic Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing a Pirton woman.

At a trial at St Albans Crown Court the 38-year-old was accused of keeping a dossier of Anna Larke’s previous lovers, subjecting her to verbal and physical assaults and making her throw out DVDs containing men she might fancy.

Ex-girlfriend Ms Larke from Pirton near Hitchin gave evidence against the TV and West End star during a two-week trial.

Collins, of High Park Road, London, was found guilty today (Tuesday) of harassment and given an 18 month community order.

He was ordered to complete 140 hours unpaid work and to pay court costs of �3,500.

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Speaking after the case, detective inspector Justine Jenkins said: “The victim was extremely brave in coming forward to report the offences inflicted upon her.

“I would urge anyone who is or has been in a similar situation to get in contact with police as soon as possible.

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“I can reassure you that you will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity.”

Chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Baljit Ubhey said: “Justin Lee Collins was charged with harassment (causing fear of violence) after the CPS considered a file of evidence in this case.

“A unique feature of this case is the presence of voice recordings of some of the abuse, which supported the allegation.

“The jury’s guilty verdict after a two week trial at St Albans Crown Court confirms that victims of domestic abuse have a voice and it will be heard.”

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