Fitness guru ‘hit woman so hard she lost a tooth’

Mike Heatlie opened fitness studio six years ago and coached singer Gwen Stefani. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Mike Heatlie opened fitness studio six years ago and coached singer Gwen Stefani. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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A PERSONAL trainer whose ­clients include singer Gwen ­Stefani has admitted punching a woman so hard she lost a front tooth.

Mike Heatlie left legal worker Fiona McCartney face down in a pool of blood after attacking her, Edinburgh Seriff Court heard yesterday.

This incident, that I have virtually no memory of, has turned my life upside down.

Mike Heatlie

The 43-year-old victim has said she is now frightened to go out and faces a dental bill of more than £7,000.

Heatlie, once named Scotland’s fifth most eligible bachelor, pleaded guilty at court and is due to appear again on 22 April for sentencing.

Miss McCartney, of Greenbank, Edinburgh, said: “I used to love going out on Saturday nights, but since the attack I have been very wary and like to be home by a certain time.

“I don’t like to go out to nightclubs now and I get very panicky in crowds after this unprovoked attack. I’m on sleeping tablets from a doctor because I don’t sleep at all.

“I still have this constant reminder and feel I can’t move on because I still have the injuries from that night. I’m reminded every day of this attack.”

According to Miss McCartney, Heatlie, of Western Harbour Breakwater, approached her and a friend outside the Jam House in Queen Street, Edinburgh, in the early hours of 29 March last year to ask for a cigarette.

When told they did not have one, he launched the violent assault that left Miss McCartney bleeding, unconscious and missing a tooth. It is understood he then ran off only to be apprehended by one of several witnesses.

Miss McCartney, who still suffers numbness and aching in her mouth, now faces months of costly and painful dental work.

Heatlie, 42, was charged with two counts of assault causing injury but the second charge, relating to an alleged attack on Miss McCartney’s friend, was dropped due to lack of evidence.

The personal trainer was unavailable for comment yesterday but in a text message that Miss McCartney claimed had been sent to her partner by Heatlie, he wrote: “Please pass on my sincerest apologies to your partner Fiona, I wanted to get in touch but obviously couldn’t with the case proceedings.

“I pleaded with my lawyer to make sure that this was settled so that Fiona wouldn’t have to attend court.

“This incident, that I have virtually no memory of, has turned my life upside down and I can’t imagine how it has impacted Fiona’s.

“I am so sorry, this is completely out of character for me, I’ve never been involved in a violent incident in my adult life.”

Heatlie, who opened his own studio in Meadowbank six years ago, helped former No Doubt singer Stefani get fit ahead of her 2009 world tour, prompting the star to describe him as the “Superman of my tour”.

In a testimonial on Heatlie’s website, she said: “Mike Heatlie and I have been working together on-and-off since 1997.

“He was the first personal trainer I ever worked with and although he was originally hired just to train myself, it wasn’t long before he was working out my band mates also.

“Mike is completely passionate about health and fitness and is a wonderful motivator. He is tireless, compassionate and makes working out something to look forward to. He is the Superman of my tour.”

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