Wife arrested for nagging husband: “I only asked him to vacuum”
A woman who was arrested last year for nagging her husband to clean the house has spoken out.
Valerie Neal, from North Yorkshire in the UK, said she’d only asked her bodybuilder husband, Michael (58), to vacuum the house and insists her behaviour was legal, Mirror UK reports.
The 59-year-old was taken into custody and spent 17 hours in a prison cell before being charged with controlling and coercive behaviour – which became a crime in 2015 in the UK to try and tackle nonphysical abuse in domestic relationships, Sun UK reports.
"All I ever asked my husband to do was vacuum the house, make me a cup of tea and wipe marks off the patio doors,” she told Daily Mail.
"If that’s nagging, I’ll hold my hands up to it. But asking your husband to vacuum is not, in my eyes, a criminal offence.”
Valerie later accepted a two-year restraining order against her now ex-husband, who subsequently dropped the case.
"I appreciate our marriage was on the rocks but for Mike to treat me the way he did, after all the love and care I put into the relationship, was devastating."
The mother of two is now in a new relationship and said she wished she’d had her day in court to prove she did nothing wrong.