Jealous boyfriend installs surveillance cameras at home to spy on girlfriend while regularly mocking her for her weight
Janusz Jelen, 34, was convicted of an offense of engaging in controlling and coercive behavior toward his girlfriend Agnieszka Mogilska
An abusive boyfriend stood trial after installing a surveillance camera in his lounge so he could check if his girlfriend was cheating on him.
34-year-old Janusz Jelen would spy on Agnieszka Mogilska whenever he was on his break as she walked around their home and would constantly needle her on her weight.
Jelen, who has been convicted of inflicting psychological abuse, would speak to the mother-of-two and tell her to raise her arm to see if she had any fat. He even suggested she wear trousers instead of shorts because her "thighs were shaking," Daily Mail reports.
The Tameside Magistrates' Court heard that Jelen would also regularly eavesdrop on his girlfriend's conversations with her friends.
The victim, a production worker at a lighting company, called the police after she felt like she was "in a mental hospital with 24 hours a day surveillance." Jelen, who moved to the UK with Mogilska from their native Poland, was convicted of an offense of engaging in controlling and coercive behavior.
Mogilska, 37, said: "At first I felt very happy and loved but then there were allegations made every day that I am fat and stupid and that I didn't know English. He said my children are stupid and that they will be deported back to Poland because they don't know English. He said I would not get help here, the only help I would get is if I got with a man who was English. He gave me psychological abuse."
"I told him I would rather he had hit me in the face because that would stop hurting — but the words don't. He observed me through cameras, and he told me to lift my arm to see my fat. I put on shorts when it was hot and he followed me, and told me to put on long trousers because my thighs were shaking. I spoke English but he would laugh at my pronunciation. Several times a day he would say things about me or my children."
She continued: "The camera was installed in July 2017. He had an application on his phone which enabled him to watch the camera from work. When I tried to turn it off he would text me to say to put it back on and would watch all the time. I told him I didn't like the cameras and he said that it was there for my safety because he loves me. I felt like I was in a mental hospital with 24 hours a day surveillance. When my friends came over he was listening to our conversations.
"He tried to say I had other lovers virtually all the time and if I went somewhere, he would say I was seeing other people. I asked him to take down the camera and do this so we could split up peacefully like human beings but things got worse. We were arguing non-stop and he would then apologize and give me flowers. I was fed up and went to the police. I felt like someone was following me or watching me."
"At first, I felt very happy and loved. There was a situation when he came in from work before I went to the police. He came into the bedroom as he thought I was sleeping with someone. He took my arm and pushed me and said 'who the f*** did you sleep with'? He wouldn't let me sleep in his bed or the sofa as he said they belong to him."
Daughter Weronica Mogilska, 18, said: "Many times he ridiculed my mum because of her level of English and did the same with me and my sister. He would say she is stupid. He criticized her saying she wasn't strict enough with my sister. He kept saying she would not manage without speaking English and said he would send her back to our grandmother in Poland.
"He would try to teach us and then he would laugh at us because it was so easy for him. It wasn't worded like a joke when he said my sister would go back to Poland. You will not teach anyone English by laughing at them. I didn't like the camera because it infringed my privacy. After a while, I was afraid to go downstairs as I had a feeling like I was being watched. I always had the feeling that someone was looking at me"
Denying the charges, Jelen said: "I said once that her legs are a little bit big and we could go to the gym together which she agreed, but she stopped going so I bought gym equipment for the house. She would say 'do you like this dress' and I would say no but I would give her my credit card to buy clothes, whatever she wanted. I like big bums. I said I liked hers as a compliment and it could even be bigger. I didn't call her fat, I just made a comment about her legs.
"There was a time when I was at work, I put the camera on on my break. I said 'raise your hands and wave because I am watching you'. I didn't watch everything, just occasionally on my break. I didn't try to break up her friendships. If she wanted privacy she could've gone upstairs. I never restricted her other friends. I didn't cut her friends from coming over. I never controlled her. I think she's just playing a game and she wasn't terrified."
Jelen is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.