By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Paul Ballard, who was once a children’s TV presenter has been jailed for 10 years for rape, assault, criminal damage and threats to life, as the leading investigator praises the victim for coming out openly.
The TV presenter was found guilty on all counts at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 30 after originally denying rape, attempted rape, assault, criminal damage and threats to kill.
Today, October 1, 2921, he was sentenced to 10 years behind bars by the same court.
From reports, during the action, the convicted, told his victim that …”Your life is ending. You’re dying tonight.”
The investigator in charge of the case has praised the victim for boldly standing up to see that the accused is punished for his offence.
The leading investigator Detective Constable Dan Lambert said: “Today, Ballard has been sentenced to ten years in jail after subjecting the woman to a terrifying ordeal.
“Our priority throughout this investigation has been ensuring her welfare and securing justice for her. The strength she has shown has been remarkable throughout.
“As a force, we take crimes against women and girls extremely seriously and I am very proud to have played a part in securing justice for Ballard’s victim and he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars as a result.
“I want to 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 endured but I hope there is some comfort in the knowledge that her attacker is now behind bars for some time.”
Ballard’s sentence will run consecutively with a nine-year sentence he is already serving for killing two people while driving high on cocaine.