The former world darts champion Ted Hankey has been jailed for two years after he
was caught on camera sexually assaulting a young woman.
Judge Steven Everett, Recorder of Chester, said Hankey would have continued
denying the offence “to the bitter end” if the attack had not been caught on film.
The court was told the two-time darts world champion had “flatly denied” any
wrongdoing and “expressed amazement” at the allegation when he was first arrested.
However, he stopped talking and refused to answer any more questions when
detectives told him the attack had been caught on camera.
Simon Parry, prosecuting the defendant, said: “He flatly denied any wrongdoing,
expressing amazement he had been arrested and did not know why she was saying
what she had, saying ‘Why would I do that?’.”
The footage was played to the judge after the courtroom had been cleared of public
Hankey, of Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of sexual
assault on 10 September last year in Crewe, Cheshire.
Passing sentence, Judge Everett told him: “You genuinely believed nobody would
believe her, until you were shown the damning evidence.
“The nature of what you did, the fact that you pinned her down, that air of
entitlement… You treated her as an object for your own disgusting and deviant sexual
“Your self-pity about the loss of status and ability to earn money – I’m sure you will
never play darts again on television.”