Daughter of Suzie McGuire ‘scared’ during assault

Suzi McGuire arrives at court. Picture: Mike Gibbons/Spindrift
Suzi McGuire arrives at court. Picture: Mike Gibbons/Spindrift
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THE ten-year-old daughter of former Clyde 1 presenter Suzie McGuire told a jury she was “scared to do anything” when she saw her mum being attacked in the street.

Millie Ross claimed she saw her step dad, Derek Mitchell, 35, “really angry” and bending her mum’s finger “right round”.

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She described Miss McGuire not wanting to cry after the incident so as not to upset her and her sister, Daisy - then four-years-old.

The witness claimed she was also scared when she was in the house with Mitchell when her mum went to hospital, and that she called him “dada” because of her younger brother.

Daisy Ross also told the jury she also saw Mitchell pulling her mum’s finger back.

The schoolgirls gave evidence via video link at Mitchell’s trial at Paisley Sheriff Court - where he faces a string of charges including assaults and breaches of the peace between March 2009 and October 2013.

The court heard that in May 2011 Miss McGuire, Mitchell, their baby Oliver and the two girls went to the Eaglesham fair but that it was rained off.

Millie said they then made their way home and Mitchell wasn’t with them but ran up towards them when they got to the street they lived on.

Procurator fiscal depute Amanda Gallagher asked: “What was Derek doing when he ran up the hill?”


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Millie told the jury: “Well, he was being really strange and asked mummy if he could have the keys to the car but mummy was a bit concerned if he was drinking at the fair he was going to hurt himself and other people if he was going to go in the car.

“He kept on pushing mummy for the keys and mummy was scared, she tried to run away but my sister was young and she was screaming ‘just give him the keys, give him the keys’.

“He pulled my mum’s finger right round and it was all purple.”

The witness added: “A couple of days after that she was in hospital which made me really worried because I was left with him and I was a bit scared at night and I didn’t know what to do.”

Talking about the alleged incident in the street she told the court: “I knew he was hurting my mum and I wanted to say something but I was scared to do anything because I knew I was too young to say anything.”

She said that Mitchell was acting strange but mostly angry and he ran like was chasing something.

Miss Gallagher asked: “How was your mum?” and the schoolgirl replied: “She was about to cry, she was really sad but she didn’t want to cry in front of me and Daisy because she knew that would make us sad.”

Millie told the court she didn’t tell anybody because she was scared she would get Mitchell into trouble and she didn’t want that to happen because she “didn’t understand” what was going on.

She was asked what she called Mitchell and said: “I was young and Oliver called him dada so I had to call him dada too.”

Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Billy Lavelle she said that Mitchell shouted at her mum but that she didn’t shout back again.

He asked about Miss McGuire going to hospital and confirmed with the young witness that her mum was not in the hospital overnight.

Daisy Ross, eight, who clutched a soft toy as she gave evidence from a television link, claimed she saw the alleged assault on her mum.

She said: “We were coming back and mummy hurt her finger and it got bent right back and it was really sore for her.”

The child said it was Mitchell who bent it back and that it made her feel “sad”.

Asked by Miss Gallagher if anybody had told her what to say when she came to court or spoke to the police she said “no”.

Mitchell denies the charges and the trial before sheriff Susan Sinclair continues.


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