A former child TV presenter who told a woman “you die tonight” while raping her has been jailed.
A former British television presenter for children who told a woman “you die tonight” while raping her has been jailed.
Back in July, Paul was ‘Des’ Ballard convicted of attacking the victim in a hotel room.
The 39-year-old was convicted of rape, attempted rape, assault, criminal injury and threatening to kill.
And on Friday, the former children’s TV presenter, from Theydon Bois, Essex, was jailed for ten years in Chelmsford Crown Court, reports The mirrors.
Detective Constable Dan Lambert, who led the investigation, said: “Today, Ballard has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after subjecting the woman to a terrible trial.
“Our priority throughout this investigation has been to ensure her well-being and to ensure justice for her. The strength she has shown has been remarkable all along.
“As a force, we take crimes against women and girls extremely seriously and I am very proud to have played a role in ensuring justice for Ballard’s victims and he will now spend significant time behind bars.
“I want to once again pay tribute to the bravery shown by the victim in this case.
“No one should ever have to go through the ordeal she has undergone, but I hope there is some consolation in the knowledge that her attacker is now behind bars.”
The court heard that Ballard attacked the woman in a hotel room in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on September 19 last year.
His terrified victim managed to escape from the room and informed an employee about the attack who called the police.
Ballard denied raping and threatening the victim, claiming they had sex in concert.
He had participated GMTV’s program Diggit from 1998 to 2002 with Fearne Cotton, Craig Doyle and Reggie Yates.
In a separate incident, Ballard also killed two people in February last year after losing control of his VW Golf and plowing into cars while addicted to cannabis and cocaine.
He was driving between “88mph and 104mph” (142km / h and 168km / h) in a 30mph (50km / h) zone, while he was high on drugs, a court heard.
Eileen Haskell, 64, traveling in a Ford Kuga, was killed in a crash in Romford, east London.
The other victim, schoolteacher Richard Trezise, 48, was waiting at a bus stop with his wife and children when he was hit in the chest by the car and killed in the crash.
Eight cars were involved in the collision and at least seven people were hospitalized.
Ballard pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving but denied two counts of causing death by driving while uninsured, which will not be pursued.
He was jailed for nine years and will be disqualified for seven when he is released from prison.
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