Lover in dog cage charge is dropped

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Sarah Hil­ley

A man has been cleared of at­tack­ing his ex after claims he locked her in a dog cage were aban­doned.

Garry Rodie, 29, ap­peared on trial at Ayr Sher­iff Court last week for se­ri­ously as­sault­ing Geral­dine McEwan, keep­ing her in a cage and de­mand­ing she eat like a dog.

A jury found him not guilty of an al­tered charge of re­peat­edly punch­ing and kick­ing her head and body, seiz­ing her by the body, strik­ing her to the head caus­ing se­vere in­juries and per­ma­nent im­pair­ment.

Ear­lier in the trial the pros­e­cu­tor dropped ac­cu­sa­tions that Rodie had caged Ms McEwan for a pro­longed pe­riod of time, bathed and dressed her and or­dered her to eat food like a dog.

Break­ing down in tears the preg­nant mum- of- three told the court: “He is an an­i­mal.

“He should not be al­lowed out.”

Un­der ques­tion­ing from de­fence ad­vo­cate John McEl­roy she said: “I’m not ly­ing. “I don’t care what you say. “He as­saulted me. I would not be sit­ting here if he didn’t.”

The mum ac­cused Rodie of punch­ing her and break­ing her cheek on one oc­ca­sion. Rodie de­nied all of the ac­cu­sa­tions and the court heard that Ms McEwan had fab­ri­cated the story.

Mr McEl­roy said Ms McEwan couldn’t even re­mem­ber whether she had bro­ken her right or left cheek.

He asked her whether she had sus­tained the in­jury when junkies turned up at her door and a fight broke out.

Mr McEl­roy put it o Ms McEwan that his client was good to her.

She said: “After he gave me a kick­ing he was like ‘ dar­ling I’ll get you this and buy you that.’” Mr McEl­roy ac­cused her of telling lies to try and pre­vent the child she was ex­pect­ing be­ing taken off her. Mr McEl­roy ques­tioned whether Ms McEwan took re­spon­si­bil­ity for any­thing.

Ms McEwan replied: “I take re­spon­si­bil­ity for go­ing with him.

“I should never have gone near him.”

The court heard Ms McEwan used to strug­gle with heroin ad­dic­tion from an early age and smoked cannabis daily.

The pros­e­cu­tion dropped many of the ac­cu­sa­tions against Rodie who ap­peared from cus­tody.

He was found not guilty by ma­jor­ity of re­peat­edly punch­ing and kick­ing her and strik­ing her head on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2010 and March, 31 2013 at Mill Street in Ayr.

Cleared Garry Rodie

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