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Luxury B&B owner treated husband ‘like a save’, attacking him for using wrong kettle and leaving fridge open, court hears

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The owner of a luxury B&B treated her husband “like a slave” whom she attacked for trivial mistakes such as using the wrong kettle and leaving the fridge door open, a court has heard. 

Clare Weston ran the highly regarded Shepherd House hotel in Faversham, Kent, with her husband Simon, allegedly subjecting him to “systemic physical and verbal abuse”. 

The 41-year-old is accused of intimidating and attacking her partner for more than a year, until he overcame embarrassment about his treatment and reported her to police. 

The hotelier is now on trial at Maidstone Crown Court charged with controlling and coercive behaviour between December 2017 and February this year, which she denies. 

Daniel Smith, prosecuting, told a jury that Ms Weston had punched her husband in the head, pushed a mug of tea in his face and kicking his locked bedroom door until it split.

He said: “Clare Weston treated her husband virtually as a slave and, on occasion, worse than a slave.

“He put up with it until it broke him and he left the marriage.

“Of course, all marriages go through unhappy times and moments, but this wasn’t unhappy moments. It was systematic physical and verbal abuse.

“She wore him down.”

Mr Smith said some of the incidents might appear “pretty trivial” but Mr Weston was “continually punished” for them by his wife. 

Describing the episode where the wrong kettle was used to make a cup of tea, the prosecutor said: “It is as ridiculous as that.

“She kneed him in the groin, punched him in the face and kept blocking his path as he tried to get out of the way.

“As he was doing that she pushed the mug as he went to take a sip, knocking it in his face and causing a cut on the bridge of his nose and bruising between the eyebrows.

“It was a deliberate blow designed to hurt him.”

The couple converted their Georgian townhouse into a hotel in 2015 and it quickly became a highly rated bed and breakfast business.

A review by the Telegraph in 2017 described Shepherd House, where rooms cost between £145 and £185 a night, as “like staying with hospitable friends”. 

But behind the scenes, the prosecutor claimed, Mr Weston was being treated “worse than a dog” and suffered abuse in nine separate incidents. 

On one occasion, Ms Weston was allegedly furious over the standard of work her husband had put into chores and he locked himself in the bedroom out of fear. 

“She kicked it so hard she broke the lock and shouted ‘If you don’t get downstairs and clean the kitchen, I’m going to break you’,” said Mr Smith.

“She called him ‘a disgusting scumbag’ and said ‘You are going to spend the rest of your life in the basement’.”

Mr Weston finally reported his wife to police after two incidents on February 1 this year – another alleged assault and two abusive rants.

The prosecutor said: “He went to Kent Police, terribly embarrassed and ashamed that here was a man complaining of being bullied by a woman.

“But so bad was it, and so bad was the impact on him and the damage she had done psychologically to him, that he had to go to the police.”

The trial continues. 

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