An ITV climate presenter has been praised for talking out after her controlling ex-husband was jailed for his sadistic marketing campaign of harassment and coercion.
Ruth Dodsworth stated she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the help she had obtained within the days following the sentencing of Jonathan Wignall, who has jailed for years of abusive throughout their marriage.
The 45-year-old took to Twitter and stated: ‘I might identical to to say, from the underside of my coronary heart – thanks. I am overwhelmed by the love and help.
‘I by no means needed my story to be public. On reflection I am glad. As a result of if only one individual can relate… can really feel assured that they aren’t alone.. then it has all been price it.’
It comes after earlier this week, a courtroom heard Wignall was an ‘unrepentant, possessive bully’ with a ‘fragile ego’ who repeatedly accused Ms Dodsworth, 45, of being untrue throughout their relationship.
ITV presenter Ruth Dodsworth has been praised for her braveness after talking out concerning the marketing campaign of harassment and coercive behaviour by her ex-husband Jonathan Wignall
Throughout his sentencing listening to, the courtroom heard Wignall carried out a marketing campaign of abuse which included studying her mail, monitoring her automobile, and going out of his option to cease her from seeing family and friends.
Ms Dosworth was praised by colleagues and supporters for her statements.
Paul Model, UK Editor at ITV Information, replied to her tweet, penning: ‘So sorry that many people by no means knew you have been going via this Ruth. Wishing you each happiness for the longer term xx.’
BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire stated: ‘Ruth you’ll undoubtedly have helped many people who find themselves in related conditions proper now. I’m sending you a lot love and power.’
Radio X DJ Polly James added: ‘One courageous woman. Gifted and provoking for a lot of. Your subsequent chapter goes to be superb! X.’
Welsh Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi stated: ‘Ruth, you are superior – your power helps so many others. Sending an enormous digital cwtsh.’
Ruth stated she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the help she had obtained since Wignall was jailed
Politician Peter Black CBE additionally tweeted: ‘Providing my help and greatest needs. As others have stated no person ought to must undergo what you endured. I hope you are actually in a position to transfer on together with your life and discover some peace and happiness sooner or later.’
Presenter Jeremy Vine added: ‘I simply learn the story Ruth, and I needed to ship you my help and greatest needs.
‘I am unable to think about the way you handled such sustained strain and such malice. I hope you will discover some peace now he’s jailed. Nobody ought to must undergo this.’
Throughout his years of abuse, the courtroom heard Wignall refused to permit Ms Dodsworth to journey to filming areas with out him, would flip up at ITV Wales’ Cardiff studio unannounced, and power her to spend her lunch hour with him in its automobile park.
Cardiff Crown Courtroom heard the couple met in 2001, a yr after Ms Dodsworth began her climate job, and have been married in 2002.
However Wignall’s controlling behaviour started round 2010 when the couple moved from Swansea to Cowbridge and he or she grew to become their most important breadwinner when his nightclub enterprise began to fail.
Jealous Jonathan Wignall, 54, (proper) was this week jailed for 3 years for harassing and stalking his ex-wife ITV host Ruth Dodsworth (left) together with at her TV studio for years
Prosecutor Claire Pickthall stated: ‘The shift within the dynamic of the house was not a simple one for the defendant to take.
‘His alcohol consumption elevated as did his controlling and coercive behaviour in the direction of Ms Dodsworth.’
On one event in October 2016 members of the family witnessed Wignall pushing his spouse over inflicting her to fracture a rib, and on one other event noticed him pushing her and grabbing her by the neck.
Wignall was stated to have referred to as his spouse ‘incessantly’ when she was working away, and that whereas residence he would open her mail and stand outdoors the door whereas she used the toilet.
He would additionally accompany her to medical doctors’ appointments and quizzed contacts on her telephone concerning the nature of their relationship.
Ms Pickthall stated: ‘On one event she woke throughout the evening to search out him urgent her fingertip in opposition to her telephone to entry the fingerprint ID function, and finally her telephone, whereas she was sleeping.’
When Ms Dodsworth ultimately determined to not return residence after a piece shift on October 17 2019, Wignall referred to as her 155 instances and even threatened to commit suicide to get her to return.
When Wignall was arrested the next morning on suspicion of harassment, he advised police: ‘Harassment?
‘However she’s my spouse.’
Ruth Dodsworth is a daily ITV climate presenter on regional information in Wales and London
Wignall was later launched on bail on the situation he didn’t contact Ms Dodsworth, however messages he despatched to members of the family about her whereabouts raised suspicions he had planted a monitoring machine on her automobile by December 2019.
The tracker was discovered and police discovered an app on his telephone and laptop computer linked to the machine in addition to an alarm on his telephone set to go off when Ms Dodsworth was presenting the climate on tv.
Wignall pleaded responsible to 1 rely of coercive and controlling behaviour and stalking earlier than he was as a consequence of stand trial final month.
Ms Pickthall stated Wignall’s controlling behaviour cost might solely be drafted as beginning in December 2015, when the offence was created, however in actuality it had lasted since round 2010.
Ms Dodsworth advised the courtroom by way of videolink she has been left with ‘heavy money owed’ after discovering Wignall had borrowed cash beneath their title.
Quickly after his arrest she was advised she was to be evicted from their residence as a consequence of Wignall failing to pay payments and located he had pawned her jewelry for money.
Wignall was sentenced to a complete of three years in custody, of which he’ll serve half earlier than being launched on licence, he was given a restraining order in opposition to contacting Ms Dodsworth
Ms Dodsworth, preventing again tears, stated: ‘Due to my tv profession I’ve needed to try to painting a smiley, completely happy, sunshine-like character on daily basis, when how I felt was all the things however.’
Ms Dodsworth stated she had been left feeling ‘degraded’ at work as a consequence of colleagues witnessing her former companion’s behaviour, and the previous yr had seen her confidence and bodily well being deteriorate.
Dyfed Thomas, defending, stated Wignall beforehand ran a ‘phenomenally profitable enterprise’ with each the Escape nightclub in Swansea and town’s annual Escape In The Park pageant earlier than each got here ‘crashing down’ and affected his relationship with Ms Dodsworth.
He stated Wignall had been ‘besotted’ together with her, and that he was ‘sorry for his behaviour’.
However Decide Daniel Williams advised Wignall: ‘It’s clear you haven’t any regret for that which you have carried out.
‘You have an effect on the air of a good and beleaguered however profitable businessman.
‘You are not. You are a fantasist with a fragile ego which makes you an unrepentant, possessive bully.’
Wignall was sentenced to a complete of three years in custody, of which he’ll serve half earlier than being launched on licence, and was additionally given a restraining order in opposition to contacting Ms Dodsworth.