Former world darts champion Ted Hankey has been jailed for two years for sexually assaulting a young woman.
Hankey was arrested on September 16 2021, the day of the offence, which took place in Cheshire. There was video evidence of the assault which was reported by the victim.
After initially denying the assault, the 54-year-old pleaded guilty at Warrington Magistrates’ Court today. He has been given a two-year jail term and will spend 10 years on the sex offenders register.
The Crown Prosection Service applied for a restraining order preventing Hankey from contacting his victim, which has been granted indefinitely.
District Crown Prosecutor Brian Forshaw, a specialist lawyer with CPS Mersey Cheshire’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service and Cheshire Police had damning evidence of this assault and Mr Hankey thankfully pleaded guilty at an early stage. He has now been sentenced.
“The CPS would like to thank the victim for her help and courage in bringing this prosecution and we have worked to support her. The evidence she secured of the assault was crucial to this case and no doubt led to Mr Hankey’s guilty plea.
“Mr Hankey is now a convicted sex offender and this case may have prevented further offending. It can be hard to tell the authorities about abuse, but we would like to say to victims that we will help and support you to give your best evidence and bring your abuser to justice.”