A woman from North Yorkshire says she was arrested for controlling behavior after asking her husband to help around the house more.
The Evening Standard reports Valerie Sanders, 58, was arrested after asking her husband, Michael,58, to help out more with house chores instead of spending most of his time at the gym. Sanders added that she left notes around the house so Michael could finish some chores but was surprised when he called the police.
Four police officers showed up to their home and arrested Valerie then transported her to a local police station. She was charged with “challenging behavior” and spent 17 hours in a jail cell.
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Her case was dismissed on Tuesday but Valerie is still shocked that it went to court.
“I’d leave a note asking him to vacuum parts of the house and clean the patio doors. We have two miniature dachshunds. But he would spend four hours cleaning his car – so of course, I complained. Surely it isn’t controlling behavior otherwise every married couple would be in court?”
Michael says Valerie was too controlling throughout their marriage.
“I’m not sure if she should have gone to court or not. That was not my decision – but she was controlling. She was constantly on at me.”
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The couple is now in the process of a divorce after Valerie accepted to have a two-year restraining order in place when she pleaded not guilty.
“17 hours in a prison cell broke my love for him. It’s such a relief it is all over.”