Comedian Justin Lee Collins has been sentenced to 140 hours of community service and has been ordered to pay costs of three and a half thousand pounds by a judge for harassing his former girlfriend, Anna Larke.
The 38 year old TV funny man, famous for Channel 4 programmes like The Friday Night Project and his own entertainment documentaries on the channel, was found guilty at St. Albans Crown court after a short trial.
The jury decided that what Anna Larke had said was true - that he was obsessive during their relationship between January and July 2011, isolating her from her friends, forcing her to delete her Twitter and Facebook accounts and once - he admitted - he even slapped her. Larke - a recovering alcoholic - described the relationship as 'absolute hell'. Her family were said to be ecstatic at the court decision. A representative from the Crown Prosecution Service said there was evidence that Collins subjected Anna Larke to "physical, psychological and verbal abuse."
However, the comic made no comment after the verdict.
Written and presented by Marverine Cole.