Former world champion darts player jailed for sexual assault
The former World Champion Darts player Edward Hankey has been jailed for two years for sexually assaulting a young woman.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Hankey, 54, of Wendover Grove, Berry Hill, Stoke-on-Trent, committed the offence in September 2021 in Cheshire.
There was video footage of the assault and the victim reported the incident to police on 16 September 2021. Hankey was arrested the same day.
He denied the assault initially but on 14 April 2022, he pleaded guilty at Warrington Magistrates’ Court. Today (12 May 2022) at Chester Crown Court he was given an immediate two-year jail term and has been placed on the Sexual Offenders Register for the next ten years.
The Crown Prosecution Service applied for a Restraining Order to prevent Hankey making contact with his victim. This has been granted by the court 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.”