A former Serbian Police Captain, now from Pinner, was secretly recorded abusing and attacking her husband at their old home in Harpenden.
Elena Vaseva’s ex-partner installed the camera in his office after a “series of acts of bullying”, St Albans Crown Court heard yesterday (Friday, March 13).
Prosecutor Warwick Tatford said the marriage broke down at the beginning of last year, saying: “Matters began in the January. He was in his office and when he tried to end an argument she kicked him in the inner thigh.
“She was abusive and shouted at him, usually in Russian.
“She pushed him, punched him, threw beer over him, held his nose and spat on him. She put a phone charger around his neck.
“She told him: ‘You are a f…… scum bag. She said she would take his eyes out and rip off his c…, in Russian,” said the prosecutor.
On one occasion, she scratched his head with her fingernails. Another time she cut up two of his shirts.
He installed a camera in his office and she was recorded holding a knife during one of the arguments.
When arrested she denied any assaults in January and February. In March, when she had been filmed, she said he had thrown dirty washing at her.
Vaseva, 43, now of Cuckoo Hill Road, Pinner, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to causing harassment, criminal damage and causing actual bodily harm.
Defending, Greg Johnson said she was of previous good character and was now in a new relationship.
He said she had two university degrees and had been a captain in the Serbian Police.
Mr Johnson said: “People see her as warm-hearted, kind, genuine and caring.”
Judge Justin Cole told her: “This was disgraceful behaviour against your ex-partner.”
But he said he accepted it was wholly out of character and was caused by depression and her marriage break-down.
He made an 18-month community order with conditions that Vaseva carries out 200 hours’ unpaid work and completes 25 Rehabilitation Activity Days.