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Who is Paul Ballard ?
Paul Ballard is an English television presenter and stage actor best known by his nickname ‘Des’ as the co-presenter, along with Fearne Cotton, of the Saturday morning children’s television programme Diggit from 1998 until 2002. He left Diggit shortly before its relaunch into Diggin’ It. Wikipedia
A former child television star has been incarcerated for ten years after raping a woman and telling her ‘you are dying tonight’.
Paul Ballard was found guilty of all counts in Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday July 30 after denying rape, attempted rape, assault, criminal damages and death threats.
During a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, he was sentenced to ten years in prison.
That sentence will run consecutively to a nine-year sentence he is currently serving for killing two people while driving under the influence of cocaine.
How old is Paul Ballard ?
He is 39 year old.March 9, 1982 (age 39 years), Essex, United Kingdom
Former child actor and television host Ballard had starred on GMTV’s Diggit from 1998 to 2002 with Fearne Cotton, Craig Doyle and Reggie Yates.
Ballard, of Theydon Bois, Essex, launched an attack on the woman shortly after 5 a.m. on September 19, 2020, at a hotel on Hatfield Heath.
During the incident, the 39-year-old told her: ‘Your life is ending. You are dying tonight.
But she fled the room and found a member of the hotel staff, who later called the police.
The police protected the woman, who has been supported for the last 12 months by specialist agents.
Ballard had claimed to have had consensual s*x with the woman and denied having threatened her.
But the jury found him guilty on all counts.
Speaking after sentencing today, Principal Investigator Detective Constable Dan Lambert said: ‘Today, Ballard has been sentenced to ten years in jail after subjecting the woman to a ordeal.
‘Our priority throughout this investigation has been to ensure her well-being and her justice for her.
‘The strength he 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 role in ensuring justice for Ballard’s victim and will spend a significant amount of time behind bars as a result.
‘I want to once again pay tribute to the courage shown by the victim in this case.
Eileen Haskell, 64, (above) was driving when she was killed in the collision last February.
“No one should have to go through the ordeal that he has endured, but I hope there is some comfort in knowing that his attacker is now behind bars for some time.”
It comes after Ballard was convicted in August of killing two people in a car accident.
He was driving between ’88 mph and 104 mph ‘in a 30 mph zone before hitting the back of Ms. Haskell’s Ford Kuga.
Ms Haskell was killed in the accident, which took place on Squirrels Heath Road in Romford, East London, on February 20 last year.
The second victim, 48-year-old school teacher Richard Trezise, was waiting at a bus stop with members of his family when he was hit by a vehicle and died in the pileup.
Eight cars were involved in the collision and at least seven people were treated at the hospital.
Cocaine addict Ballard was driving with his 12-year-old son in the front passenger seat and claimed he had a seizure before the crash, the Old Bailey heard.
Ballard, of Woodland Way, Theydon Bois, Essex, admitted two counts of dangerous driving death.
He denied two counts of causing death by driving without insurance, which will not be prosecuted.
Paul Ballard Quick and Facts
- Paul Ballard, 39, was found guilty of rape, attempted rape and criminal damage
- Former children’s television star has been sentenced to ten years in prison
- He starred in GMTV’s programme Diggit from 1998 to 2002 with Fearne Cotton