A jealous husband who feared his wife was cheating on him discovered she was having an affair with another woman after he placed a spy camera in her home and put a tracking device on her car.
His 18-year-old wife called the police when she discovered she was being watched and yesterday (20/9) her ex-husband Martins Veiksanes stood in the dock outside Crown Court where he admitted a charge of harassment.
Sporting a gray polo shirt, the clean-shaven Veiksanes previously admitted to using tracking devices on his wife’s vehicle and hiding a camera in her living room after suspecting she was cheating on him.
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It was revealed in court that the 43-year-old’s partner had actually seen another woman when their marriage broke up, which led to him stalking her for around a month.
Prosecutor Sarita Basra said: “This hearing deals with a case of harassment involving severe alarm/distress, which took place between June 5 and July 19 of this year, where the defendant was stalking his ex-wife .
“He contacted her, went to her place of work, followed her vehicle and placed a camera in her living room. The victim in this case, Inga Veiksanes, had been the defendant’s wife of 18 years.
“She said he had a drinking problem and she said his behavior got worse because of his drinking. She found a new partner who was of the same sex but she got messages constants of the accused.
“She felt that the relationship had deteriorated to the point that it was not salvageable. She moved away but the defendant found her, which surprised her.
“The accused took his car and he drove to his work address and said he wanted to drive her home but she refused. She was very scared of him. There was a lull, where he returned his car.
“On June 23, she contacted the police because of her behavior and he was granted bail. Again on July 18, the police received another call about her – he had contacted her by WhatsApp and called her names in Latvian.
“He had abused the new relationship she had made. She felt like she was being followed by him. On one occasion she drove to TK Maxx and soon after he asked her if she was spending money.
“On another occasion, she went to the beach with her partner – she hadn’t told anyone, not even her son – but that evening the accused messaged the son, asking if she had told him about her trip.
“She asked him if he was stalking her and he said ‘there’s a lot you can do with technology.’ She took her car to the garage for general repairs when a man working there said there was a tracker installed on the car.
“She saw the alarm clock in her living room and there was a camera and a memory card. There was another camera found under the driver’s seat in her car.”
After his arrest, Veiksanes told police he installed the tracker and camera in the vehicle to prove that she cheated on him. He also claimed that the camera in the living room was never installed, but that he put it there to “see how loyal his wife was”.
Veiksanes admitted the only count of harassment involving serious alarm/distress.
Defending Alan Walker KC said: “Mr Veiksanes admits he took the breakup of the relationship very badly. He admits he had a drinking problem and had a period of abstinence, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
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“He has accepted the end of the relationship. The defendant admits he behaved in a way he is ashamed of. He is now getting his life back on track – he has accommodation, works as a laborer for five days a week and he put his alcohol addiction behind him.”
At sentencing at Reading Crown Court, Judge Emma Nott said: “You stalked her and deliberately contacted her directly and through your son, who was 11 at the time, sending her messages. messages in Latvian, a language he did not understand.
“You put a camera in the house, monitoring her in her own house. You put a tracker on her car because you wanted to know what she was doing, but also so you could control her.
“You were constantly telling her where she was and what she was doing, so she could feel that you were constantly looking over her shoulder. This is harassment aimed at punishing her for leaving you and someone of the same sex.
“You told your ex-wife she was sick and needed to see a doctor. You told probation that in the UK the justice system favors women and in Latvia, women are supposed to be corrected by their partner and that homosexuality is a crime.
“You are not in Latvia, you are in the UK and in the UK, homosexuality is not a crime. Attacking and harassing someone for being gay is a crime. No woman is her partner’s property, but domestic violence is a crime.”
Veiksanes, of Church Lane, Wallingford, was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to undertake 40 days of rehabilitation activities and subjected to trail surveillance for six months.
A restraining order was also issued against him preventing him from attending his former partner’s address and preventing him from sending messages to his son in a language other than English.
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