A mum whose ex-Commando boyfriend gave her six months of hell has told of her disgust after he walked free from court.
Terrified Danielle Ames suffered a horrendous campaign at the hands of former Marine Lee Jensen in which he spied on her, made her strip and accused her of cheating on him.
Jensen hid microphones, filmed her with surveillance equipment and checked her bedding and pants for signs of an affair.
At the height of the “gaslighting” abuse Danielle feared she was losing her sanity but finally plucked up the nerve to leave and report it to police.
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Muscular Jensen owned up to his rule of terror in court but was let off with just a 12-month suspended sentence.
And furious mother-of-three Danielle, 30, said: “It’s a sick joke. He should have been jailed.
“It took a lot of courage to leave him and give the police statements. This makes it feel like a waste of time.”
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Single Danielle, who had suffered domestic violence in a past relationship, thought Jensen was her dream man when they were introduced by her cousin.
She had little sense of self-worth and could hardly believe it when the burly security guard, with his ripped torso and easy smile, showed an interest in her.
He had served with 45 Commando and the Royal Navy and seemed like the very epitome of respectability. They started dating in June 2017 but fell out when he accused her of seeing someone else – a hint of what lay ahead.
Danielle wanted to rekindle the relationship but Jensen began manipulating and confusing her by refusing to answer her calls and changing his mind about what he wanted from their future.
Danielle, who admitted she became “almost addicted” to Jensen, said: “Looking back, this was how he first exerted control over me.”
After they got back together in February, Jensen began sending texts accusing her of seeing other men while he was at work with a firm in Grimsby, Lincs.
Next he began ordering her to strip off and send him naked pictures of herself to prove there was nobody at home with her.
Then he started insisting on inspecting her body for bruises.
Danielle said: “We didn’t live together but he’d come round after every work shift, make me take off my clothes and look for bruises. If he found a single mark he’d say it was a bite or a handprint.
“He would go so ballistic I would be terrified.
“Anything could set him off. One minute he was really calm, the next he was like The Hulk.”
Danielle went on: “One day he rummaged through a pile of clothes in my bedroom.
“Then he showed me a microphone hidden underneath and told me, ‘That’s how I know you are having an affair.’
“He said he’d connected the microphone to his mobile and could hear my every move.
“I was really shocked but, stupidly, I overlooked it because I was desperate not to lose him.”
Jensen also hacked into Danielle’s social media and searched for men she knew.
Finally she grew so unnerved she agreed to let her children go to stay with relatives.
She said: “I thought I was losing my mind.
“I got a job as a carer but Lee started messaging my boss accusing us of having sex. I had to give up my work.
“Once I went to hospital for antibiotics and Lee went mental, saying I’d eyed up the doctor.
“His behaviour was crazy and outlandish but at the time it just somehow became normal.”
Finally Danielle found the strength to break away and go to police.
Last month Jensen admitted using coercive and controlling behaviour at Grimsby Crown Court.
His lawyer said he had suffered PTSD from the military. But Danielle said: “I think he just enjoys being controlling.”
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