Man who banned his partner from buying gifts and rationed dishwasher tablets faces jail time for abuse

A frugal friend who got his downtrodden partner to count her firewood stash, ration her dishwasher tabs and even ban her from buying gifts for her grandchildren is now in prison on domestic violence charges.

Shift worker Michael Marsh, 55, had inherited a sizeable estate from his late mother but was so “obsessed” with saving money and building a pension fund that he refused to share cash with his partner Aileen Till.

Miserly Marsh, of Warrington, Cheshire, ordered Miss Till, 54, to get up at night and make sure there were no missing logs outside her shed.

She also only ever had access to one dishwasher tablet to wash pots and pans as he thought she was giving them away.

The victim, a business manager, also falsely claimed that she was invited to lunch every time she met her daughter to avoid him chiding her for spending money.

When Miss Till stood up to Marsh, he made her sleep on the storm porch outside her house when it rained.

She was subsequently evicted from the £300,000 property she shared with him in Warrington, Cheshire, after a violent explosion.

Shift worker Michael Marsh (pictured outside Chester Magistrates’ Court), 55, was so ‘obsessed’ with saving money and building up a pension fund that he refused to share cash with his partner Aileen Till

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“He didn’t share any of the money and he spent it on car registrations – he was obsessed with it,” 55-year-old manager Miss Till (pictured) told Chester Magistrates’ Court as she broke down in tears

Marsh (left) had inherited a sizeable estate from his late mother

Marsh (left) had inherited a sizeable estate from his late mother

At Chester Magistrates Court, Marsh was convicted of assault and assault after a trial. He is later convicted.

The court heard he inherited a large amount of cash from his late mother in 2019, but was so focused on money that he claimed even the homeless should have savings.

During their 15-year relationship he had bought a house for him and Miss Till in cash and taken out a £50,000 loan for renovations which she paid off by standing order.

But Miss Till, senior customer relations manager for an energy company, broke down in tears as she told the hearing: “He didn’t share any of the money and would spend it on car registrations – he was totally obsessed with it.

“During this time he became obsessed with our neighbor stealing our logs that we have for a wood stove. He made me count them because he thought they would go away.

“He helped me get up at night and count the logs – I was so embarrassed. It was early in the morning. He thought he heard our neighbor climb over the six foot fence to steal logs.

“I didn’t want the neighbor to know he was thinking that. Then there were the dishwasher tabs. Every time I wanted to turn on the dishwasher I thought I was going crazy since there was only one in the bag. I couldn’t understand it since I was shopping.

“I said we had to buy more. But he said I was selling it to my daughter, so I was only allowed one dishwasher tab at the time.’

Miss Till said Marsh was so “obsessed” with money that he would not allow her to spend money on her daughter or grandchildren ages six and eight, or to buy gifts for her friends.

Despite having her own bank account and savings, he said any remaining money should go “into the pot” for a retirement home they were planning to buy on the island of Anglesey in North Wales.

“He wouldn’t have allowed me to provide financial assistance, so I would meet my daughter when he’s on shift so he doesn’t know,” she said.

“If I told him I met her, I’d say she bought me lunch or breakfast. I was worried that he would think I was spending money on her. He said I couldn’t give her any money. I had to pot it towards Anglesey.’

Miss Till said she wouldn’t bring her family as it wasn’t worth it, adding. “I couldn’t tell my daughter that he hated children.”

During an online team meeting hosted by Miss Till, Marsh was spotted making 15 cups of coffee without offering her any. He also yelled and yelled at her as she volunteered to help homeless people over the Christmas period.

“It was embarrassing and I couldn’t do anything right,” she said. “He doesn’t understand that there are people who aren’t doing as well as he is. He would say that homeless people should have savings. After that there was no more volunteer work.

“After a friend came to visit, the conversation with him was: ‘Why is she coming? what are you giving her She must have come here for something.” I felt alone. I was in trouble and couldn’t talk to anyone. I would avoid her coming onto the property and I wouldn’t tell him I was seeing her,” she told the court.

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‘I was heartbroken’: Marsh told Miss Till she wasn’t allowed to see her brother after he sadly lost his daughter as he was ‘not his’ [Marsh’s] kind of people

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‘He [Marsh] wouldn’t have allowed me to provide financial support so I would go and meet my daughter when he’s on shift so he doesn’t know,” Miss Till said.

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“He said, ‘Get out of my house. You’re a tenant’ and I had nowhere to go. He told me he wanted to see me homeless,” Miss Till said in court

“My brother had just lost his daughter and I wanted to support him so I took him and my sister-in-law over for dinner but it was awful and they left early. I was told not to see them because they were “not his kind of people.” I tried to say it was my house too, but he said it was his house and he could make that rule.

“Before January 2020, when the relationship was deteriorating, I was pretty strong. I had a responsible job. I led a team. I was very respected. Everyone would say how much I am a nice person and I have my own life in my hands.

“But I’ve been broken ever since. I had to go to work to manage a team and pretend everything was fine, and I wasn’t. I was talking to friends on the phone and pretending everything was fine, but I wasn’t.

“It became more and more challenging for me at home. I knew I had to go. I cooked, I cleaned, I did everything. I couldn’t understand why he suddenly hated me so much.

“Eventually I told him I was going to tell friends and family and that’s when he tried to ruin me. He said, “Get out of my house. You’re a tenant.” And I had nowhere to go. He told me he wanted to see me homeless. He wanted to be seen on the street with garbage bags. I was worried sick. I had lost everything.

“He grabbed me and pushed me to the floor in the hallway. He yelled in my face and my top was torn. I was shocked.’

Former prosecutor for Michael O’Kane said: “The impact of the defendants’ conduct was material to the applicant’s mental health and resulted in her being released from work for a period of time.

“He locked her out of the property on numerous occasions and forced her to sleep on the storm porch at times. That was a humbling thing. As a result of one of these occasions, she got caught in the rain. The defendant was also abusive towards the applicant, naming her and saying she was worthless.’

Marsh denied assault and compulsion and claimed Miss Till made up her story after he sent her an eviction notice. Claims that he prevented her from listening to music by removing her stereo, hiding her car key to prevent her from driving for six weeks and preventing her from lighting the wood stove have been dropped.

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