Natasha Massey told how she put her feelings about his cheating to one side to support him through his trial and prison.
Right now I’m not thinking to the future, I’m just married to the music.
An early victim of one of Mahmood’s stings, actor John Alford, who was a rising star in TV's London's Burning when in 1997 he was caught arranging a drug deal, attended court to see the reporter being sentenced.
Since his conviction, Mahmood’s methods have come in for heavy criticism and lawyers are now planning to try and sue him and his employers over his previous work, Mahmood himself has always argued it was "impossible" to trap his targets as they were already involved in criminal or immoral behaviour and he was simply exposing it.
"So my thoughts and feelings over the cheating were put to one side and I just stepped in to help him through this terrible time." She still believes in his innocence despite the jury's verdict, saying: "I had been with him for two-and-a-half years.
"I know Ched and I knew he wouldn't be capable of committing a crime like that." She has visited him in prison every week. I never dreamed that Ched would be sent to prison," she said.
"But straight away I got a message to him to say that I was standing by him and that everything will be OK...