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Justin Lee Collins found guilty of harassment
Police in Watford played a role in the conviction of comedian Justin Lee Collins at St Albans Crown Court today.
The 38-year-old star of The Friday Night Project was sentenced to 140 hours' community service for harassing Anna Larke.
During their nine month relationship he inflicted verbal and physical abuse, and made threats of violence.
The Bristol-born comic, who now lives in London, was also ordered to pay £3,300 costs.
Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins, who led the investigation within Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Harm Reduction Unit, said: "We treat incidents of domestic violence extremely seriously, whether it is physical, verbal or psychological.
"No-one should endure this sort of violent behaviour from anyone, least of all someone with whom they have an intimate relationship.
"Together with the CPS and the Watford Local Crime Unit, my team has worked really hard to bring this case before a jury and I hope the outcome serves as a warning to anyone who thinks it is ok to treat another person in this manner.
"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. I can reassure you that you will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity."
Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "There was clear evidence in this case that the defendant had subjected the complainant to physical, psychological and verbal abuse during the course of their relationship.
"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."