A darts fan has been spotted wearing a mask of the sex fiend Ted Hankey to the WDF World Darts Championship.
Held at the Lakeside, 24 players are looking to replace Neil Duff as world champion, with the final set for Sunday. However, eagle-eyed fans could only focus on the fan wearing a cardboard cutout of Ted Hankey in the crowd.
Hankey is best remembered for his "devil's finish" at the oche. The darts veteran, whose nickname is The Count, is a two-time world champion, and he first qualified for the BDO World Championship in 1998 and won the prestigious event in 2000 and 2009.
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He also finished as runner up twice at the Lakeside tournament. His last major result came at the Grand Slam of Darts, where he reached the quarter-finals in 2013.
However, in March 2022, Hankey was charged with sexual assault and sentenced to two years in prison at Chester Crown Court.
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."
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