Justin Lee Collins trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

15:03 06 October 2012

The jury in the trial of Justin Lee Collins will resume deliberations. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The jury in the trial of Justin Lee Collins will resume deliberations. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A jury in the trial of television presenter Justin Lee Collins, who is accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend, has today retired to consider its verdict.

The panel of nine women and three men have begun deliberations regarding allegations that Collins subjected Anna Larke to domestic and emotional abuse.

During the 10-day trial the court heard claims that the ex-comic, who made a name for himself with Channel 4’s The Friday Night Project, made recovering alcoholic Ms Larke write down in a Pukka pad all her previous sexual encounters regardless of how graphic.

The court heard that the 38-year-old did not want to write the details down but Ms Larke, a video games public relations worker, dictated them to him.

Collins, of Kew, south-west London, denies the charge of harassment and said Ms Larke, who moved in with him in January 2011, was obsessive, jealous and possessive and would send him a “barrage” of text messages wanting to know where he was and who he was with.

He also denies attacking her in any way.

Collins and Ms Larke met at a corporate event in 2006 and began an affair in 2007 to 2008 before splitting up.

The relationship resumed at the end of 2010 after the defendant’s marriage to his wife Karen, the mother of his sons Archie, seven, and Harvey, four, broke down.

The former comedian and Ms Larke, also 38, lived together from January to July last year in a deeply troubled relationship as she tried to overcome alcoholism, St Albans Crown Court has heard.

Collins is accused of making her come off social networking websites, sleep facing him and throw away DVDs because they featured actors she found attractive.

He has denied all those claims and also denied making death threats against her.

Collins said the seven-month relationship with Ms Larke was “absolute hell”.

“I thought she loved me and was crazy about me,” he said. “But it turned out only the second part was true.”

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