By Oliver Hall
A desperate doctor invested £3,000 in CCTV to catch her ex-lover after he mounted a harassment campaign against her.
Wealthy property developer damaged Jeanette Lenthall’s car and slashed the tyres on her neighbours vehicles.
Ms Lenthall, 43, who split with Duncan Wills, 46, last September, endured a “hellish journey” as the wealthy property developer began to harass her.
After Wills repeatedly scratched her car outside her home in York, Dr Lenthall set up the CCTV and filmed him attacking her VW Golf with an electric screwdriver and slashing her neighbours’ tyres.
Dr Lenthall called police and the footage was used as evidence against Wills who pleaded guilty at York Magistrates’ Court to one count of harassment and nine of criminal damage.
She added: “He was causing lots of damage and I feared it could go on for months, so I took the step of getting CCTV for my home. I’m not sure exactly how much it cost because I haven’t received the bill yet, but I think it will be around £3,000.
“It’s a high price to pay for my personal safety but I had to catch him in the act so I could take the evidence to the police.”
Wills, of York, was ordered to do 200 hours of community service and pay £1,000 compensation to Dr Lenthall, and £595 to the other victims.
Dr Lenthall said she felt Wills, whom she described as “very well-off”, with a portfolio of 14 properties, should have been ordered to pay a higher sum.
“Compensation of 1,000 pounds is not a lot, especially with the emotional stress I have been under,” she said. “He caused about £3,000 worth of damage to my car. Also, he slashed the tyres of around 10 cars on my street including a couple of Porsches.”
Mohammed Iqbal, defending, said Wills, who was ordered to do 200 hours of community service and pay £1,000 compensation to Dr Lenthall, and £595 to the other victims, was “extremely, extremely remorseful”.