A jealous husband who feared his wife was cheating on him discovered she was having an affair with another woman after he installed a spy camera in their home and a tracking device on their car.
His 18-year-old wife called police when she discovered she was being watched, and yesterday estranged husband Martins Veiksanes stood in the dock at the Crown Court where he admitted to a charge of stalking.
The clean-shaven Veiksanes, who wore a gray polo shirt, previously admitted using tracking devices on his wife’s vehicle and hiding a camera in their living room after he suspected she was cheating on him.
It was revealed in court that the 43-year-old man’s partner had actually seen another woman during the breakup of their marriage, leading to him stalking her over the course of about a month.
Prosecutor Sarita Basra said: “This hearing addresses a case of stalking with serious concern/burden that took place between June 5 and July 19 this year when the accused was stalking his ex-wife.
“He contacted her, visited her place of work, tracked her vehicle and placed a camera in her living room. The victim in this case, Inga Veiksanes, had been the defendant’s wife for 18 years.
“She said he had a drinking problem and she said his behavior was made worse by his drinking. She found a new same-sex partner, but she constantly received messages from the accused.
“She felt that the relationship had deteriorated to a point where it could not be restored. She changed addresses, but the accused found her, which surprised her.
“The defendant took her car and he went to her work address and said he wanted to take her home but she refused. She was very afraid of him. There was a pause during which he returned her car.
“On June 23, she contacted the police about his behavior and he was given bail terms. On July 18, the police received another call about him – he had contacted them on WhatsApp and gave their names in Latvian.
“He had abused the new relationship she had entered into. She felt haunted by him. Once she drove to TK Maxx and he asked for her pocket money shortly after.
“On another occasion she went to the beach with her partner – she hadn’t told anyone, not even her son – but that evening the defendant texted the son asking if she had told him about her trip.
“She asked him if he could track her down, and he said, ‘There’s a lot you can do with technology.’ She was taking her car to the shop for general repairs when a man who worked there said a tracking device was fitted to the car.
“She saw the alarm clock in her living room and there was a camera and a memory card. Another camera was found under the driver’s seat in her car.”
After his arrest, Veiksanes told police he put the tracker and camera in the vehicle to prove she cheated on him. He also claimed that the camera was never placed in the living room, but he put it there to “see how loyal his wife was.”
Veiksanes admitted the one instance of stalking that came with serious concern/concern.
Defending, Alan Walker KC said: “Mr Veiksanes accepts that he took the breakdown of the relationship very badly. He accepts that he had a problem with alcohol and had a period of abstinence when he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
“He’s come to terms with the end of the relationship. The defendant accepts that he behaved in a way that made him feel ashamed. Now he’s getting his life back on track – he has a place to live, he works five days a week as a laborer and he’s put his reliance on alcohol behind him.”
Speaking at Reading Crown Court, Judge Emma Nott said: “You followed her and deliberately contacted her directly and through your then 11-year-old son and sent him messages in Latvian, a language he could not understand.
“They placed a camera in the house and watched her in her own home. You put a tracker on her car because you wanted to know what she was doing, but also to check her.
“You kept telling her where she was and what she was doing, so she felt like you were always looking over her shoulder. This is stalking to punish her for leaving you and a person of the same sex.
“You told your ex-wife she was ill and needed to see a doctor. They have told the probation service that in Britain the court system favors women and in Latvia women are expected 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. Assaulting 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 in prison, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 40 days of rehabilitation activities and was placed on trail surveillance for six months.
A restraining order was also issued against him, preventing him from visiting his former partner’s address and preventing him from texting his son in a language other than English.
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