Jilted wife whose husband left her for her friend of 25 years got revenge by leaving her wedding dress on their porch - with a note saying her ex-pal was welcome to her 'second-hand goods'

  • Karen Dineen, 57, from Essex, suspected husband Terry Lovell, 53, was cheating 
  • She claims he was having a relationship with her pal of 25 years, Carol Mitchell
  • In act of revenge donated her wedding dress to former friend and left a note

A jilted wife who claims her love-rat hubby ran off with her long-term pal got revenge by leaving her wedding dress on their porch - along with a note welcoming his new girlfriend to her 'secondhand goods'. 

Karen Dineen, 57, from Essex, says she was furious when she suspected her husband Terry Lovell, 53, was in a relationship with her friend of 25 years, Carol Mitchell.  

The couple had been together for 19 years and socialised with art teacher Carol and her then-husband - and even Karen and Carol's children were friends. 

Karen claims she suspected an affair for months before confronting 'narcissistic' Terry, and the couple broke up as soon as she read the secret exchanges on his phone. 

Karen Dineen, 57, from Essex (pictured), got revenge after her husband Terry Lovell entered a relationship with her long-term pal by leaving her wedding dress on their porch - along with a note welcoming his new girlfriend to her 'secondhand goods'

Karen Dineen, 57, from Essex (pictured), got revenge after her husband Terry Lovell entered a relationship with her long-term pal by leaving her wedding dress on their porch - along with a note welcoming his new girlfriend to her 'secondhand goods'

Karen claims she was furious when she suspected her husband Terry was cheating on her with her friend of 25 years Carol Mitchell. Pictured, Karen's wedding dress left on her estranged husband's new girlfriend's porch

Karen claims she was furious when she suspected her husband Terry was cheating on her with her friend of 25 years Carol Mitchell. Pictured, Karen's wedding dress left on her estranged husband's new girlfriend's porch

So when she came across the wedding dress she had married Terry in as she cleared out their home, she decided to donate the dress to her former pal.

Karen wrote a sarcastic note that read: 'Hey Carol, I know you love secondhand goods, so thought you might like the dress I wore when I married your boyfriend. Love, Karen xx.' 

The rejected wife then drove the strapless cream dress to Carol's house and left it abandoned on her porch, after posting the note through the front door.

Karen said: 'He's the spawn of the devil. He's a piece of work. He never said, "Karen I don't love you, I don't want to be with you anymore."' 

'That would have been fine. That would have been a shock, but not as much as this. 

'They were my friends and when I met Terry, Carol's husband became friends with him. It's vile. 

Karen with husband Terry on their wedding day before she left her wedding dress on the porch of her long term pal Carol Mitchell when she found out her husband was in a relationship with her

Karen with husband Terry on their wedding day before she left her wedding dress on the porch of her long term pal Carol Mitchell when she found out her husband was in a relationship with her

The note Karen left with her wedding dress on her estranged husband's new girlfriend Carol Mitchell's porch (pictured)

The note Karen left with her wedding dress on her estranged husband's new girlfriend Carol Mitchell's porch (pictured)

'I do believe they are still together now. He'll be slowly chipping away at her. 

'I saw the wedding dress when I was packing up my house, and thought, "she can f***ing have this"'. 

'Leaving a wedding dress and putting that note through the door I knew there was nothing they could do. I was shaking like a kid at Christmas with excitement. 

'I've got nothing to hide. That bird was a friend of mine for 25 years. I was with him for 19 years. 

'I've been single for four years. When I chucked him out I got a chihuahua, who is cleaner, more loyal and more faithful. I got the better end of the deal there. Win-win. 

'I don't miss him or love him or pine for him. As soon as I saw those text messages it was over. I knew it was over. 

'If he had come to me and said I don't love you anymore and I don't want to be with you, I would have had a bit more respect for him. 

'But the way he did it, with the lies and the sneaking around. He'd be sitting in the front room with me looking at text messages on his phone. 

'I just think that's the lowest of the low. It's despicable. 

'It was the betrayal. Neighbours and friends knew about it and never told me. 

Carol Mitchell with Terry in his wedding photographs from his wedding to Karen Dineen, before Karen and Terry's marriage ended

Carol Mitchell with Terry in his wedding photographs from his wedding to Karen Dineen, before Karen and Terry's marriage ended

Karen with Terry on their wedding day before she left her wedding dress on the porch of her friend of 25 years Carol Mitchell when she found out her husband was in a relationship with her

Karen with Terry on their wedding day before she left her wedding dress on the porch of her friend of 25 years Carol Mitchell when she found out her husband was in a relationship with her

'You can't imagine how f***ing humiliating it is to have all these people know it's going on and not say anything to you.' 

The mum-of-two claims she first suspected the builder was cheating after she noticed him getting dolled up in the evenings before making excuses that he was heading back to work. 

But after she found receipts for two identical bottles of her perfume but was only given one, along with a £700 'guilty' diamond ring for Christmas, Karen suspected Terry had another woman. 

'I knew something was going on,' explained Karen. 'He was a builder, and he would come home from work, get changed and say he's got to go and look at a job.

'He used to ring me and say he had to look at a job in all his work clothes. 

'He started coming home, having a shower and getting tarted up, and saying he was going to look at a job. 

'I wondered what was going on because after living with someone for so long years, any little changes you notice.' 

'That Christmas he bought me a £700 diamond ring which just had guilt written all over it. [I found] a receipt for this ring from the jeweller's and a receipt for two 100ml bottles of Opium perfume.

Karen in her wedding dress (pictured) which she later left on her estranged husband's new girlfriend's porch

Karen in her wedding dress (pictured) which she later left on her estranged husband's new girlfriend's porch

The couple had been together for 19 years and socialised with Carol and her then-husband - and even Karen and Carol's children were friends. Pictured, Karen's wedding dress on Carol's porch

The couple had been together for 19 years and socialised with Carol and her then-husband - and even Karen and Carol's children were friends. Pictured, Karen's wedding dress on Carol's porch

'What he was thinking was, he will buy both of us Opium so when he comes in smelling of it it's my perfume.

'So, after that I knew something was going on. Something in me said, keep your eyes and ears open and mouth shut. 

'I make a brilliant friend but a terrible enemy, and he was making such an enemy of me. I knew he was seeing someone from Christmas.

'Around Valentine's Day I remember him saying something like, "I don't know what I want to do with the rest of my life" so I said, "I thought I was part of it?'" 'He said, "you are, but I don't know what I want to do, just give me time"'. 

'I thought, '"You can have all the f***ing time you like, mate" so I started making plans. I started getting rid of stuff, selling stuff.' 

Karen worked out the password to Terry's phone and grabbed it while he was in the shower, locking him in the house before driving off to read the secret exchanges. 

Karen said: 'He changed his pin number on his phone, which is another red flag. 

'So this particular morning he was laying on his back and I was on my right side with my left arm over him. 

'He woke me up by moving to get his phone and something in my head said, 'mouth shut, eyes and ears open'. 

'I just looked up and I saw him put four of the same number in his phone, so I thought right, now we've got the pin number. 

Karen (pictured) told how she found receipts for two identical bottles of her perfume but was only given one - and claims it was then she knew Terry had another woman

Karen (pictured) told how she found receipts for two identical bottles of her perfume but was only given one - and claims it was then she knew Terry had another woman

Karen (pictured) added that on Christmas day, Terry bought her a 'guilty' £700 diamond ring

Karen (pictured) added that on Christmas day, Terry bought her a 'guilty' £700 diamond ring

'One night it was like my body became possessed, I paused the telly and I heard him in the shower. I went out to the car, started it, left the door open. 

'We had a front door where you had to lock it with a key [from the inside] and we left the key up on the shelf. So I put it up on the shelf outside of the door and closed the door.

'I walked to the shower room, slid the door open, picked his mobile up, calmly walked back through the kitchen, picked up my handbag and locked the door. 

'He slipped and slithered to the front door like the snake that he is and I saw his hand go to do the handle but obviously the door was locked. 

'I saw him reach up for the key, but the key was in my pocket. I closed the car door, reversed off the drive and drove to a place I knew he wouldn't find me. 

'So I was scrolling through all these text messages. At that moment, Terry rang his mobile from the house phone. 

'I answered it and said, 'hello huggy bear, been sh****** your s**g have you?' because that's what she'd called him in a couple of the messages.

'He said no. He didn't realise I could open his phone. He was still lying to get out of it.' 

The 57-year-old told how she worked out the password to Terry's phone and grabbed it while he was in the shower, locking him in the house before driving off to read the secret exchanges

The 57-year-old told how she worked out the password to Terry's phone and grabbed it while he was in the shower, locking him in the house before driving off to read the secret exchanges

Since breaking up in 2015, Karen has moved and attempted to break off contact with Terry and Carol. 

Karen paid to change her surname by deed poll from 'Lovell' to her maiden name 'Dineen'.

Karen said: 'I didn't hear from Carol [after I left the wedding dress] because I changed my phone number. 

'Don't get mad, get even. I was just thinking, wait until he shows his true colours. She has no idea what she let herself in for. The grass is always greener on the other side. 

'I changed my name though. I'm no longer Karen Lovell, I'm Karen Dineen. It was cheaper than getting a divorce.' 

When contacted for comment, Terry said: 'Ask [Karen] what she's like to live with and then you might get a real story on why people do cheat on her. 

'When you do eventually go and get in touch with her, tell her to go and get a life. How many people have affairs every single day of their lives? People have affairs every day.' 

Carol was contacted for comment but failed to respond.

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