Suzie McGuire husband ‘turned violent’

Derek Mitchell at Paisley Sheriff Court where he is charged with 17 offences against his ex-wife Suzie McGuire. Picture: Spindrift
Derek Mitchell at Paisley Sheriff Court where he is charged with 17 offences against his ex-wife Suzie McGuire. Picture: Spindrift
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THE estranged husband of former Clyde 1 DJ Suzie McGuire was yesterday branded “violent” and “destructive” by a prosecutor.

Derek Mitchell, 35, is on trial accused of breaching the peace and assaulting his wife on four occasions.

Procurator fiscal depute Amanda Gallagher, in her speech to the jury, said there was a “certain pattern of behaviour”. She said: “Derek Mitchell sees something or hears something that he doesn’t like, Derek Mitchell reacts in a violent or destructive manner to that.

“On occasion, Derek Mitchell tries to justify that behaviour. It’s destructive, it’s reprehensible, and the reason we are here, it’s illegal, ladies and gentlemen.”

She told the jury that Mitchell saw something in a newspaper he did not like in April 2010 and reacted. In evidence, he told the court he vandalised Ms McGuire’s car, believing she had had an affair with a footballer.

Miss Gallagher invited the jury to have sympathy for Ms McGuire because her personal life was “splashed” over the newspapers and she said that the truth of the alleged affair was “irrelevant”.

Speaking about Ms McGuire’s daughter Millie, 10, and her eight-year-old sister, Daisy, who gave evidence about an alleged assault in May 2011 after the Eaglesham fair, the fiscal said they “both recalled Derek Mitchell hurt their mum”.


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She said: “Millie, who was slightly older, recalled Derek Mitchell was angry as he approached them.

“That suggests he was the angry one as he approached them – not Susan Mitchell.” She said it was another example of the pattern of behaviour and said Mitchell acted in a violent and destructive way in the middle of the street when he did not get want he wanted.

In relation to alleged assaults at Marr Hall in Bishopton in September 2011, Miss Gallagher said Mitchell “reacted” to his wife having her picture taken with soldiers.

She said: “According to [TV personality] Michelle McManus, he grabbed Susan Mitchell by the arm, said to her she was behaving like a slut, and he followed that up with ‘But then again you are a slut’.

“Derek Mitchell’s position was Susan Mitchell was behaving in a disrespectful manner, and he did intervene.

“He said she was extremely drunk and that she was behaving in the manner of a disrespectful wife.”

Miss Gallagher told the jury it was “shameful and horrific” for Miss McGuire to experience that in front of people at her work.

Miss Gallagher told the jury that after an alleged assault at Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow city centre, Mitchell “callously walked away”.

The court also heard claims that Ms McGuire was in bed with another man weeks after splitting with Mitchell.

During questions from his lawyer Billy Lavelle, Mitchell was asked about a time after they split up, last July.

Mitchell said: “She was in bed with another man, but it still hurt.”

Mr Lavelle asked: “When you went back two weeks after, you saw certain things, is that correct?” He replied: “Yes.”

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


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