A WIFE chucked in a police cell after nagging her husband to hoover up has found love again – with a toyboy cleaner.
Valerie Sanders was “treated like a criminal” after asking bodybuilder Michael, 58, to help out around the house.
She was prosecuted for “controlling behaviour” and dragged through 14 months of legal “hell” before the case collapsed this week moments before going to trial.
Valerie, 58, has now fallen for Tony Mableson, 33, with the pair running a mobile cleaning company from their home in Catterick, North Yorks, Mail Online reports.
She has also slammed her husband – claiming he killed their sex life by taking steroids and said she couldn’t bear to touch his muscly body, adding: “It was like cuddling an ironing board”.
Valerie told The Sun how she nagged Michael to do some hoovering and claimed he spent hours at the gym or washing his car rather than help out at home.
‘FELT LIKE A CRIMINAL’
She said she left notes for her 16st spouse to do chores at the house they shared with two dogs — until cops were called in April last year.
Two vans and four officers turned up, and 4ft 10in Valerie was charged with “coercive or controlling behaviour” — usually used to protect vulnerable women.
She said: “I was taken to the station and locked in a cell. I’ve never been in trouble. I was horrified. I felt like a criminal.”
She was charged the next day and recalled: “I had my house keys taken away. I had to stay at a friend’s mum’s.”
The mum denied being “coercive or controlling”, insisting: “I’d leave a note asking him to vacuum parts of the house and clean the patio doors. We have two miniature dachshunds. But he would spend four hours cleaning his car – so of course I complained.
“Surely it isn’t controlling behaviour otherwise every married couple would be in court?”
The couple met online in 2012 and married two years later but are currently in the process of divorcing.
After being made redundant as a CCTV operator, Michael got a job as a gym manager.
Valerie, who has two grown-up daughters, said he then became obsessed with bodybuilding.
‘LIKE CUDDLING AN IRONING BOARD’
She recalled: “He was training all the time. He was eating five or six meals a day and mushing up all his food in the blender.
“We stopped going out for meals. I was working and he was at the gym from early in the morning until late at night. I just didn’t see him. If he wasn’t in the gym he was washing his car for hours.
“He started to do bodybuilding competitions. It wasn’t attractive. It was like cuddling an ironing board. He started to take Viagra because he said he couldn’t get an erection, blaming the steroids.
“But when he took the tablets it made him sniffy and snotty so I refused to sleep with him.”
Jobcentre staff carrying out a routine check noticed Michael’s mood had changed for the worse — and he blamed his home life.
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The case was listed for trial at Teesside crown court on Tuesday but was dismissed before a jury was sworn in. Valerie’s not guilty plea was accepted in return for a two-year restraining order.
Michael, 58, hit back: “I’m not sure if she should have gone to court or not. That was not my decision – but she was controlling. She was constantly on at me.
“She used to leave the vacuum out or the polish and wanted me to clean every day because of the dogs.”