Former professional darts player Ted Hankey, who was BDO World Champion in 2000 and 2009, has pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual assault in Warrington Magistrates’ Court
Former world darts champion Ted Hankey has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault count.
Hankey, 54, appeared in Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and was charged with intentionally touching a woman over the age of 16 on September 10 last year. District Judge Nicholas Sanders adjourned the case to Chester Crown Court, where Hankey will be sentenced on May 12.
Last month Hankey, who won the BDO world crown in both 2000 and 2009, was released on bail after being charged by the Cheshire Constabulary. The agency then released a statement saying: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorized the Cheshire Constabulary to charge Edward Hankey with the sexual assault of a woman.
“The CPS made the decision to charge the 54-year-old after reviewing a Cheshire Constabulary evidence file. The charges relate to an incident that took place in Cheshire in September 2021.”
Alongside his two tracks, Hankey, whose nickname is “The Count”, was also in 2001 and 2004. Second music was DJ Zany’s 2002 song “Be on Your Way”.
His first world title came in a Lakeside final that went down in folklore when Stoke-on-Trent native ‘The Rocket’ defeated Ronnie Baxter 6-0 at Lakeside. He also sealed victory in the bullseye with a max 170 finish.
After his second title win, he left the organization and signed with the PDC, but never achieved the same success there. He celebrated his last tournament triumph in 2011 when he prevailed at the Isle of Man Open.
However, in 2012, Hankey was struggling with much-publicized health issues and suffered a mini-stroke during a game. He later returned to the BDO and continued to try to qualify for events but he struggled to regularly make the main draw for tournaments and in 2018 he was the subject of a bankruptcy order issued by HM Revenue and Customs in a London court.
It was announced in December last year that he was surprisingly withdrawing from the World Seniors Darts Championship, which was held in February. Organizers gave no reason for his absence, only the following statement: “Upon receiving correspondence from Ted Hankey, he has confirmed that he has formally withdrawn from our WC22 event in February. Details of his replacement will be announced in due course.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/darts/breaking-ted-hankey-sexual-assault-26711074 Former world darts champion Ted Hankey has pleaded guilty to sexual assault