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Valerie Sanders was charged with controlling and compulsive behavior toward husband Michael, pictured at their wedding five years ago
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A cleaner was arrested and locked up in a cell for 17 hours after being accused of controlling behavior because she asked her husband for help with household chores.

Valerie Sanders said that she asked bodybuilder man Michael, 58, to clean the patio doors, the hoover and less to go to the gym.

Anyway, Mrs Sanders, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, was eventually confronted with allegations of controlling behavior, The sun reports.

Her case was thrown away just before it came to court.

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Forced or controlling behavior in family or intimate relationships became a crime in December 2015 following a campaign to tackle non-physical abuse.

Official figures show that 97 percent of the prosecutions are against men and since the law came into force, 7,304 people have been arrested, but only 1,157 people have been charged and only 235 have been convicted.

Valerie Sanders was charged with controlling and compulsive behavior toward husband Michael, pictured at their wedding five years ago

Valerie Sanders was charged with controlling and compulsive behavior toward husband Michael, pictured at their wedding five years ago

Michael Sanders' wife, Valerie, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, eventually faced accusations of controlling behavior by asking him to clean the patio doors, the vacuum cleaner, and go to the gym, less

Michael Sanders' wife, Valerie, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, eventually faced accusations of controlling behavior by asking him to clean the patio doors, the vacuum cleaner, and go to the gym, less

Michael Sanders' wife, Valerie, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, eventually faced accusations of controlling behavior by asking him to clean the patio doors, the vacuum cleaner, and go to the gym, less

What is & # 39; controlling or compulsive behavior & # 39; in the eyes of the law?

Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 created a new violation of controlling or compulsive behavior in an intimate or family relationship in December 2015.

A violation is committed by displaying repeated or continuous conduct towards another person who & # 39; controlling or compelling & # 39; is.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that the type of abuse covered by the new crime can include a pattern of threats, humiliation and intimidation, or someone can stop socializing, manage their social media accounts, monitor apps, and dictate what they wear.

Women & # 39; s Aid describes it as behavior designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting it, depriving them of independence and regulating their daily behavior.

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Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women & Aid, said: & # 39; Coherence check is the core of domestic violence. Perpetrators will usually abuse their victim by limiting her personal liberties, controlling her every move and taking her control over her life away; physical violence often comes later. & # 39;

According to the Office of National Statistics In December 2016, a total of five warnings and 155 suspects were prosecuted for coercion and control behavior in England and Wales.

The majority of the suspects prosecuted for compulsive and control behavior were men (97%).

Mrs Sanders called the indictments & # 39; excessive & # 39; and said she was treated like a criminal & # 39; because she had asked her husband to contribute to the house.

Four police officers and two vans arrived to arrest the 4ft 10in tall woman and she was charged with "coercion or controlling behavior" towards her 16 stone man.

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But the trial collapsed this week just before it had to begin, 14 months after her arrest.

Mrs. Sanders, who runs a cleaning company, told the sun: & It is outrageous that this has ever been brought to court.

& # 39; He trained all the time. He ate five or six meals a day and mushed all his food in the blender.

& # 39; I was working and he was from & # 39; early in the morning until & # 39; late at the gym. I just didn't see him.

& # 39; He started doing bodybuilding competitions. It was not attractive. It was as if I hugged an ironing board. He started taking Viagra and blamed the steroids.

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& # 39; But when he took the tablets, he made him sniff and snotty, so I refused to sleep with him. & # 39;

Mr. Sanders defended his decision to express concern about his wife's behavior, he said: “I'm not sure if she should go to court or not. That was not my decision – but she checked.

& # 39; She was constantly working on me. She always left the vacuum cleaner or nail polish behind and wanted me to clean every day because of the dogs. & # 39;

The couple met on the internet in 2012 and got married two years later.

Mr. Sanders got a job as a manager in the gym after being fired from a previous role and soon became obsessed with bodybuilding, Ms. Sanders said.

Valerie and Michael Sanders proposed a Greek holiday together in 2015
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Valerie and Michael Sanders proposed a Greek holiday together in 2015

Valerie and Michael Sanders proposed a Greek holiday together in 2015

When Mrs. Sanders was locked up in jail for 17 hours after she was arrested by the police

When Mrs. Sanders was locked up in jail for 17 hours after she was arrested by the police

When Mrs. Sanders was locked up in jail for 17 hours after she was arrested by the police

The police were called to the parental home in April 2018 after Jobcentre's staff noticed Mr Sanders' vote on the 16th and blamed the blame for it at home.

Mrs. Sanders said she was locked up in a cell at the station and was charged the following day.

She said: & # 39; I had removed my house keys. I had to stay with a friend's mother. & # 39;

The mother of two denied & # 39; coercive or controlling & # 39; behavior and claimed: & # 39; I would leave a note asking him to suck parts of the house and clean the patio doors. We have two miniature dachshunds. But he spent four hours cleaning his car – so of course I complained.

& # 39; Surely it is not controlling behavior, otherwise every couple would appear in court? & # 39;

Mr. Sanders hit back and said his wife initially supported bodybuilding before she changed her mind and added: & she said that I was training too much and did not like the diet I was in. & # 39 ;

Her case was thrown away just before it came to court in the Teesside Crown Court, on the photo. Forced or controlling behavior in family or intimate relationships became a crime in December 2015 following a campaign to tackle non-physical abuse
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Her case was thrown away just before it came to court in the Teesside Crown Court, on the photo. Forced or controlling behavior in family or intimate relationships became a crime in December 2015 following a campaign to tackle non-physical abuse

Her case was thrown away just before it came to court in the Teesside Crown Court, on the photo. Forced or controlling behavior in family or intimate relationships became a crime in December 2015 following a campaign to tackle non-physical abuse

A hormone problem meant he needed the Viagra, he claimed.

He continued: & # 39; She would say I couldn't get close to her like that. That made me feel worse.

& # 39; She didn't like cleaning up my car. She would leave me notes about cleaning. & # 39;

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The case should start Tuesday at the Teesside Crown Court, but was thrown away before a jury was elected, accepting Ms Sanders' guilty plea in exchange for a two-year prohibition.

Mr. and Mrs. Sanders are now divorcing.

The Crown Prosecution Service told the Sun: & We are prosecuting cases where there is sufficient evidence of coercive and control behavior. In this case, we concluded that an important witness decided to stop supporting the prosecution. We concluded that there was no longer sufficient evidence. & # 39;

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