A DAD who hid a tracker in his wife’s car to expose her affair slammed stalking laws after a court sentenced him for the crime yesterday.
Suspicious recruitment firm boss Andrew Hunter also bugged the purse of his missus Joanne, 37.
He found she was seeing a man called “Tom” who she had met on dating site Plenty of Fish, JPs heard.
Joanne, his wife of five years, drove to a police station after her 41-year-old husband texted to say he knew where she was thanks to the tracker.
He was arrested for stalking after a cop found the gizmo. He admitted the charge — but angrily said as he walked free from court that he only pleaded guilty on legal advice.
Hunter, of Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees, stormed: “This is not what stalking legislation was brought in to protect against. This is a very different scenario.”
His lawyer had told the court in Middlesbrough: “Trying to find out whether a spouse is engaged in an affair through non-violent means could be a reasonable excuse defence.”
Hunter got a community order and was told to pay £485 in fines and costs.
His wife, who has now quit their home with their two kids, also won a restraining order. She said in a victim impact statement: “I am now constantly looking in my rear view mirror to see if he’s following.”
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