Suzie McGuire’s child relayed husband’s gun threat

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FORMER Clyde 1 DJ Suzie McGuire was told by her three-year-old son that her estranged husband was going to shoot her, a court heard yesterday.

FORMER Clyde 1 DJ Suzie McGuire was told by her three-year-old son that her estranged husband was going to shoot her, a court heard yesterday.

The 45-year-old mother of four claimed that her toddler, Oliver, told her that his dad, Derek Mitchell, was going to shoot her with his “big gun”.

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She told Paisley Sheriff Court she filmed the incident and the footage is with the prosecution.

She ­denied attacking Mitchell on two occasions, once at a ­wedding and then during an incident that led to her finger being ­broken.

Mitchell is claiming self-­defence and it was suggested that she attacked him first, causing him to force her off and that her finger was broken.

During her evidence at Paisley Sheriff Court, she described her relationship with Mitchell as a “car crash” and said: “All I wanted was a wee happy family.”

She told the jury: “My three-year-old son said ‘My dad is going to shoot you. My dad has a gun and is coming to shoot you’.”

Ms McGuire said her husband had previously threatened “whether it is next week, next month, next year or in ten years, I will always get you back”.

Defence lawyer Billy Lavelle said to Ms McGuire: “Mr Mitchell does not accept any of that and we may hear from him what else the child has said.”

Ms McGuire said: “Well, the video is there and the Crown have it. I genuinely, genuinely am in fear of Derek.”

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She claimed Mitchell had sent her a text message saying they were going to destroy one another’s lives and that “the gloves are off”.

She said she texted him back saying that he already had, and that he then replied with a video of The Carpenters’ video of the song We’ve Only Just Begun.


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The alleged victim also denied a suggestion that she assaulted her husband in June 2011 at Cameron House Hotel at Loch Lomond while they were at a wedding. It was put to her that she attacked him in the room they were staying in by punching him and breaking his rib while he was asleep. She replied: “I absolutely did not punch Derek and I have never ever broken anyone’s rib, especially not my husband’s, and a big guy at that.”

Mr Lavelle said to Ms McGuire: “Mr Mitchell told you it had put him in fear of going to bed in case it happened again.”

Ms McGuire replied: “I have no words, I am speechless. That’s the most incredible thing I have heard in my life.”

He also suggested that her finger had been broken when she punched Mitchell on the head in another alleged assault, not because he tried to grab car keys from her hand as she claims.

Mr Lavelle continued: “The reason your finger got broken was during this attack on him, he was forcing you back off him.”

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Ms McGuire said: “Oh my goodness. I feel like I’m in a ­really bad movie right now. That’s 100 per cent untrue.”

Earlier, the court heard that Mitchell had e-mailed Ms McGuire after an alleged assault claiming he had “messed up” and “regretted his actions”.

Ms McGuire said the e-mail was referring to an assault on her at Mitchell Street car park on 24 December, 2009, when she claims Mitchell throttled her and bit her on the face.

She accepted that, after telling the jury there had been no contact with Mitchell until an e-mail acknowledging his guilt was sent to her in February 2010, there had been e-mail correspondence between them.

Ms McGuire also admitted that, during their split, she had telephoned her husband while on a night out in London.

Mitchell is on trial at the court charged with offences including assaults and breaches of the peace between March 2009 and October 2013.

The trial, before Sheriff Susan Sinclair, continues.


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