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Former world darts champion, Ted Hankey jailed for two years after pinning a teenage girl down in sexual assault which was caught on camera

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Former world dart champion, Ted Hankey, was today jailed for two years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl.  Hankey, 54, pinned the young girl down and, with an ‘air of entitlement’, sexually assaulted his victim, Chester Crown Court heard. The attack occurred in Crewe, Cheshire, on September 10 last year, and the court previously heard that the victim was aged between 16 and 18. Passing sentence, Judge Steven Everett, Recorder of Chester, said Hankey would have ‘denied it to the bitter end’ if the attack had not been caught on film. Judge Everett told him: ‘You genuinely believed nobody would believe her, until you were shown the damning evidence. ‘The nature of what you did, the fact that you pinned her down, that air of entitlement… You treated her as an object for your own disgusting and deviant sexual desires. ‘Your self-pity about the loss of status and ability to earn money – I’m sure you will never play darts again on television.’ The footage was played to the judge after the courtroom had been cleared of public and press. The girl reported the incident to police on Thursday, September 16, and Hankey was arrested the same day. During questioning, he denied committing the offence, and subsequently answered ‘no comment’ after being shown the video footage. Upon appearing at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 14, he pleaded guilty to the sexual assault. Hankey, whose darts nickname is The Count, was the BDO world champion in 2000 and 2009. His wife is now divorcing him and his children do not want any contact either, the court heard. Earlier, Simon Parry, prosecuting the defendant who was listed in court as Edward Hankey, said: ‘He’s better known as Ted Hankey from the fact that he’s a twice winner of the BDO World Darts Championship, in 2000 and 2009.’ Mr Parry said of Hankey’s arrest: ‘He flatly denied any wrongdoing, expressing amazement he had been arrested and did not know why she was saying what she had, saying ‘Why would I do that?” The prosecutor said that when police told him the incident had been caught on camera, Hankey ‘made no further comment to all questions’. In a victim impact statement read to the court, the woman said she now suffers continuing distress, panic attacks and heart palpitations. She added: ‘As a result of this crime I believe I have developed PTSD. ‘This crime has had a major impact on my mental health. I’m very distrusting of males. I find it very difficult to have any physical contact with others.’ Mark Connor, defending, asked for a suspended jail sentence, saying the assault was ‘opportunist’, that Hankey had admitted the offence and wanted to apologise for his behaviour. But Judge Everett replied: ‘He would have denied it to the bitter end had it not been filmed.’  Cheshire Police welcomed the two-year jail term. Hankey has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the next 10 years. Following the case, Detective Constable Laura Bradshaw, who led the investigation said: ‘I would like to commend the victim for the courage and bravery that she has shown throughout the investigation.  ‘The evidence that she provided proved vital in Hankey’s prosecution and left him with no option but to plead guilty to the charge against him. ‘While the victim will never be able to forget what Hankey subjected her to, I do hope that the conclusion of this case provides some closure and enables her to move forward with her life.  ‘I also hope that this case encourages other victims of sexual offences to come forward and report them to us. ‘We treat all reports of sexual offences extremely seriously, and any reports will be thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and needs of the victim as our main priority.  ‘Victims should never feel ashamed to talk about what they have been subjected to.  ‘They will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers, as well as from other support agencies we work alongside, and all victims of sexual offences have the right to anonymity.’The post Former world darts champion, Ted Hankey jailed for two years after pinning a teenage girl down in sexual assault which was caught on camera appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Robert Sarver to sell Phoenix Suns and Mercury after N-word scandal

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Robert Sarver will be selling both the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury after an NBA investigation revealed that he used the n-word multiple times during his tenure as an owner in the leagues. The NBA investigation also revealed that Sarver made inappropriate comments toward women, and didn’t treat his employees fairly or equally. Commissioner Adam Silver who fined him $10 million and suspended him one year over the offence, had insisted the punishment was strong enough. Sarver however announced on Wednesday morning September 21, that he is “beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and the Mercury”, just after fans and multiple star players including LeBron James, Chris Paul and Draymond Green called for more severe sanctions.  He said in the statement;  “Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together — and strengthened the Phoenix area — through the unifying power of professional men’s and women’s basketball.”But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible — that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past.”I do not want to be a distraction to these two teams and the fine people who work so hard to bring the joy and excitement of basketball to fans around the world.”I want what’s best for these two organizations, the players, the employees, then fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the WNBA. This is the best course of action for everyone.”In the meantime, I will continue to work on becoming a better person, and continuing to support the community in meaningful ways. Thank you for continuing to root for the Suns and the Mercury, embracing the power that sports has to bring us together.”The post Robert Sarver to sell Phoenix Suns and Mercury after N-word scandal appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Photos of President Buhari at the 77th UN General Assembly meeting while delivering his speech

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President Buhari delivered Nigeria’s National Statement at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York today, September 21. The address given today will be the last in his capacity as Nigeria’s president. 
 He was joined at the meeting by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and others. See more photos below… 
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Court refuses to grant Baba Ijesha‘s bail application pending appeal

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday September 21, refused to grant a bail application filed by convicted Nollywoord actor, James Olarewaju, alias Baba Ijesha. Ijesha had sought bail for an appeal to the five-year conviction for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Taiwo struck out the bail application on grounds of the actor not meeting exceptional circumstances and criteria.  The judge said;  “The applicant must show special and exceptional circumstances because the term given to him is five years which is to run concurrently.“There is no evidence that the appeal has been entered and there is no indication before this court that the court will not treat the case expeditiously.“It is in the view of this court that the applicant has failed to show special circumstances to warrant him bail because he is facing a serious crime.“In view of this case, I am inclined to refuse the bail application of the applicants pending appeal.”  The post Court refuses to grant Baba Ijeshas bail application pending appeal appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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