Jonathan Mealing, from Welbeck Close, Whitefield, Manchester, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after four years of abusive treatment, including rape and controlling behavior, of his ex-wife Jennifer
A mother kept as a “slave” and repeatedly raped has spoken bravely about her ordeal after the “Prince Charming” she met online turned into a “monster” as he lured her inside.
Jennifer, met her ex-husband Jonathan Mealing on dating site Plenty of Fish after a friend encouraged her to join in 2016.
The couple were living in their hometown of Bedfordshire at the time, meeting up at the weekends and Jennifer described their new love as “Prince Charming”.
She loved her job as a patrolman at Center Parcs and raising her “best friend” and their daughter, which made her reluctant to move to Manchester to be full-time at Mealing.
But after her daughter encouraged her to leave and Mealing insisted he could get her a job, she took the leap of faith and moved into his bungalow in Bury, Greater Manchester.
That was the beginning of three years of hell for Jennifer – as her controlling husband, who embarked on a relentless mission to limit everything in her life, from the food she ate to the contact she had with her family , to accessing their own money.
Speak with Manchester evening news As she bravely waived her right to anonymity, Jennifer said: “I’m lucky I got out or I would have gone under six feet.
“He would have killed me. I lost all confidence and self-esteem. I ran around like a robot. He had everything, my bank card, marriage certificate, driver’s license. I was a dead person
“Before I met him, I was qualified, I had a degree – luckily I was able to get back into my dream job. I was nothing, I was just this thing that cooked and fucked and cleaned – that’s what he always said. It was a completely different life.
“He’s gone from being a prince charming to being the most evil monster of all time. I hate him. I had rose-tinted glasses at the time, I couldn’t see the bad.”
At the beginning of their relationship, Jennifer was a size 18-20 and was confident, but according to Mealing’s rules, she dropped to a size 6 when he fed her just four lean chicken cubes and two spoonfuls of rice.
“He served it up because I needed to lose weight. He bought me gym equipment to use and put it in the garden so he could watch me from the bedroom as he didn’t want to be with a “fat lump”.
“I wasn’t good enough, I was ugly. I started believing I was worthless and had nothing for me.”
Jennifer was repeatedly raped by Mealing during the day and night.
An incident was reported to Minshull Street Crown Court in which she was awoken when he was having sex with her while she was sleeping.
When she asked him what he was doing, he told her to shut up as it was her “duty”.
“He only smoked and drank coffee, and I was his slave,” she said. “I had no identity. I used to wear make-up, but I wasn’t allowed to. I had naturally blonde hair, but he bleached it to platinum white twice a week.”
In November 2017, Mealing forced her to marry him, falsely telling her it would help him connect with his family.
During those three years, Jennifer suffered a miscarriage — for which Mealing blamed her and even subjected her to “nasty” bullying over the trauma.
Not long after, she became pregnant again and suffered a difficult birth that required major surgery, after which Mealing raped her again.
It was the last straw for Jennifer, who eventually successfully escaped despite several prior attempts.
After being convicted in a trial of rape, behavior control and sexual assault against three women, Mealing, of Welbeck Close, Whitefield, was sentenced this month to 30 years in prison.
Now, Jennifer has met a new supportive partner and says she’s never been happier after becoming an ambassador for domestic violence charity Stepping Stones.
She said: “I don’t know where I would be without my family and my partner. We didn’t have a single argument. He tells me I don’t have to change for him and he loves me for who I am.
“Because this monster drummed into me that he can have any woman, that I’m nothing, that I’m worthless, that stuck in my head. I was with him for four years and it’s a long time to say that.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-kept-slave-repeatedly-raped-27035619 Mum is kept as a slave and repeatedly raped by "Prince Charming" whom she met on Plenty of Fish