A businessman took revenge on his wife for divorcing him by destroying one shoe of every pair she owned before suggesting that he had given them to Lady McCartney, a court heard yesterday.
Neil Medley, 46, is also accused of burning Jane Sanderson’s clothes and underwear in the garden.
When she returned, she found that at least �5,000-worth of her clothes and ballgowns that belonged to her sister had gone, as well as one shoe of every pair she owned. Later that evening, Mr Medley sent her a text message implying that he had given the footwear to the estranged wife of Sir Paul McCartney.
Leeds Crown Court heard how the couple, who were married for 13 years, separated in 2006 after Miss Sanderson discovered that they were in severe financial hardship, facing thousands of pounds of debts. At this time, they remained in their �750,000 home in Ilkley, West Yorks, with their children Holly, 12 and Scott, 10.