ITV weatherwoman Jonathan Wignall, ex-husband of Ruth Dodsworth, has been sentenced to three years in prison after years of harassment left her feeling ‘anxious, scared and down’
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ITV weather presenter Ruth Dodsworth has shared her fear at the prospect of her ex-husband being released from prison.
The 46-year-old broadcaster’s former partner Jonathan Wignall was jailed with a three-year sentence a year ago after he pleaded guilty to stalking and coercive control.
Ruth – a familiar face on ITV Wales – appeared on Loose Women to discuss his possible release with ITV panel members, after recently telling fans she had installed Set “everywhere” alarms at home.
With Wignall’s imminent release possible, panelist Katie Piper asked the broadcaster about her faith in the Parole Board, saying: “We’re hearing from her ex now, Your friend is sentenced to three years, but may be released from prison after a year.”
Ruth replied: “Even worse than that, he could have been out by now, because what they didn’t tell you was, yes you have to serve the bare minimum, he was judged by the judge. such notice, but then four months later. that he can apply for early release. So yes, he will be tagged, but he will still be disqualified. “
She continued: “You can’t keep people behind bars forever. Everyone has a right, but today a year ago the judge told him: ‘You are cruel and you are a danger to your wife and children’. How much of it has changed?
“The judge told him, ‘You don’t show remorse’.”
Ruth added: “People say to me, do I think he’s been long enough? That’s a tough question because I’ve never made it a point to put him in jail.
“I am human and I have struggled with the fact that I feel I have put this man in jail. He is the father of my children.
“The police were great at saying, ‘You don’t do this. He’s doing this to himself’.
“So it’s a tough question to ask how long he should get, because everyone’s final timing is different. I want to think and hope he turns out to be a better person.”
Ruth, who married Wignall in 2002, spoke of how she felt ‘robbed’ of the happiest times of her life because of her ‘fickle’ ex-husband.
At the sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court, it was revealed that during their marriage, Jonathan read through her texts, denied her seeing her friends and even put on a tracking device. in her car.
He often came to Ruth’s work unannounced and forced the weather host to spend time with him.
The court also ruled that he had physically abused and caused Ruth to break a rib, and even banned her from going to filming locations without him.
The situation became dire in 2019 when Jonathan called her more than 150 times in a day and Ruth feared for her safety.
Loose Women airs at 12:30 a.m. weekdays on ITV
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/itvs-ruth-dodsworth-details-fears-26704249 ITV's Ruth Dodsworth details fear as 'cannot regret' ex-husband will be released from prison