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The ex-husband of weather presenter Ruth Dodsworth has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of stalking his wife of 17 years
The former husband of ITV weather presenter Ruth Dodsworth has been jailed for three years for stalking her.
Ruth – who has also presented the weather on GMB and This Morning – said Jonathan Wignall had robbed of her “what should have been the happiest times of my life”.
He tracked her car and plagued her at work to see if she was having an affair.
Wignall, 54, was jailed for three years for stalking Ruth, 46.
He’ll serve half his sentence before being let out on license.
A restraining order that bans him from contacting his ex-wife will then be in place.
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Cardiff Crown Court heard that her obsessive husband would set an alarm to check her nightly forecasts.
He’d also call her dozens of times a day and demand to know who she was with.
Wignall also demanded access to her phone to check her messages and deleted numbers of people he didn’t like.
Ruth said she even woke up to find him trying to use her fingerprint to unlock her phone.
The TV presenter, who is a mum of two teenage children, broke down in tears in court.
She told the court: “Because of my television career I have had to try and portray a smiley, happy, sunshine-like personality every day when how I felt was anything but.
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“Jonathan’s behaviour has had a big impact on my working life and relationships there have been times in work when I have been unable to keep it together.”
Living with Jonathan was like constantly walking on eggshells, his temper would turn on an instant and anything could trigger it.
“Living with Jonathan was like constantly walking on eggshells, his temper would turn on an instant and anything could trigger it.”
Wignall used to accompany his wife to work until ITV bosses asked him not to.
She also had to spend many of her lunch breaks with him in his car in the car park of the studio.
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Ruth decided to leave her husband of 17 years after he bombarded her with more than 150 phone calls in one day.
After they split up, he placed a tracking device on her car so he could check where she was.
And it’s the tracker that ultimately led to his conviction.
After driving home from a remote location, Ruth saw him driving towards her with no reason for being in the area at the time.
Suspicions raised, she took the car to a garage and asked mechanics to look for a tracker.
They found it under the steering wheel and called the police.
Judge Daniel Williams told Wignall he was a “high risk” to his ex-wife.
He added: “You’re a fantasist with a fragile ego which makes you an unrepentant, possessive bully.”
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THE ex-husband of ITV Wales presenter Ruth Dodsworth has been sentenced to jail after nearly a decade of abusive behaviour towards the journalist
THE ex-husband of ITV Wales presenter Ruth Dodsworth has been sentenced to jail after nearly a decade of abusive behaviour towards the journalist.
Jonathan Wignall, 54, is set to serve half of his three-year sentence before being released on licence, though a restraining order will prevent him from ever contacting his ex-wife.
Ruth Dodsworth, 46, has been one of the main faces of ITV Wales since she first began her career at the company as a news reporter in 1996.
She then switched to the role of weather presenter four years later in 2000.
Ruth is a regular weather presenter on regional news in London and Wales – and has appeared on Good Morning Britain and This Morning.
Ruth has also presented a number of ITV Cymru Wales-produced programmes, including coverage of the Royal Welsh Show and the Bafta-nominated Coast And Country.
Ruth has vast experience when it comes to radio journalism, co-hosting Nation Radio's breakfast show as well as co-presenting a weekday breakfast show for five local radio stations in south and west Wales.
Wignall was found guilty of a nine-year period of abuse which included controlling behaviour, harassment and stalking against Ruth Dodsworth while married to her.
Cardiff Crown Court discovered that Wignall had fitted a tracking device to Ms Dodsworth's car, used her fingerprint to access her phone while she was sleeping and was physically abusive towards her.
He was found to have also persistently called Ruth, arriinge at her workplace unannounced and insisting on travelling to filming locations with her.
Wignall would force Ruth to spend her lunch hours with him in the car, while he was adamant he should have access to the passwords of her phone and laptop.
The judge at Cardiff Crown Court told Wignall he was an "unrepentant, possessive bully" and a "fantasist".
Ruth struggled to hold back tears as she read her personal victim statement: "I look over my marriage to Jonathan and I feel I have been robbed of what was meant to be the happiest times of my life.
"The birth of our children, family gatherings, achievements in my career, and associations with friends have been tainted.
"I have lived my life feeling nervous, frightened, and broken.
"Life with Jonathan was like walking on eggshells.
"His temper would turn in an instant.
He was frighteningly unpredictable and extremely volatile."
On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Wignall was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to one count of coercive and controlling behaviour and stalking.
Ruth Dodsworth is a mother of two children, 17-year-old daughter Grace and son Jack, 16.
In 2014, Ruth took a break from her media duties to spend more time with her two kids at home.
She said at the time: "I am often in work from early in the morning to late at night, but I want to spend more time with the children while they still need me."
Ruth took the break while her eldest child Grace was in her final year at primary school, as she deemed it a vital time to be at home around her children for their education.
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