Spared jail af­ter at­tack­ing three of ex part­ners Busi­ness­man to do un­paid work

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A Perthshire busi­ness­man who at­tacked three of his for­mer part­ners dur­ing a 13-year reign of ter­ror has es­caped a jail term.

In­stead, 41-year-old Jamie Doak, of Ruthven Street, Auchter­arder, was or­dered to com­plete 240 hours of un­paid work as part of a Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der.

Sher­iff Christo­pher Shead also directed that Doak be su­per­vised for two years by a so­cial worker and will have to take part in the Cale­do­nian Project which works with those con­victed of do­mes­tic abuse.

But the sen­tence brought im­me­di­ate con­dem­na­tion from lo­cal Tory MSP Liz Smith who said it “made no sense.”

She added: “It sends out com­pletely the wrong mes­sage to do­mes­tic abusers in Scot­land.

“This is soft-touch jus­tice at its worst,” she blasted.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager Doak, who claimed he had “never raised his hands to any woman,” was con­victed of four charges of as­sault­ing the three women - Julie Mailer, Joanna Per­rett and Joanna Chac - af­ter sev­eral days of ev­i­dence in a jury trial.

But more se­ri­ous his­toric charges of ab­duct­ing one of them and ha­rass­ing a sec­ond were found not proven at Perth Sher­iff Court.

The jury of 10 men and five women took more than four hours to reach their ver­dicts.

The ac­cused, a welder to trade, had faced a to­tal of 11 charges al­leg­ing that he used vi­o­lence to­wards the women.

He was found guilty of as­sault­ing Julie Mailer at a house in Garth Ter­race, Auchter­arder, and dur­ing a car jour­ney be­tween Black­ford and Auchter­arder on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions be­tween June 3, 2001, and Au­gust 10, 2005.

He seized her on the body and pushed and pulled her about, all to her in­jury, pushed her head against the car win­dow on one oc­ca­sion and on an­other threw a TV set to­wards her.

He also re­peat­edly pushed and seized Joanna Per­ret on the body on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions be­tween Oc­to­ber 7, 2006, and Jan­uary 31, 2008, Au­gust 10, 2005, at the Dun­ning Ho­tel and at a flat in St Ninian’s Court, Heath­cote Road, Cri­eff, all to her in­jury. He again at­tacked the same woman at the same house in Heath­cote Road on Jan­uary 5 or 6, 2008, by push­ing and pulling her about and throw­ing her to the ground, to her in­jury.

But part of the charge which al­leged that he ab­ducted her, un­plugged all the phones in the house and re­fused to al­low her to leave was deleted.

Doak also struck Ms Chac with house­hold items and seized her by the body on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions be­tween Septem­ber 1, 2008, and May 31, 2014, at prop­er­ties in Heath­cote Road, Cri­eff, Glenorchil Place, Auchter­arder, and four dif­fer­ent houses in Black­ford.

But an al­le­ga­tion that he grabbed her by the neck and on one oc­ca­sion pushed her against a wall and re­stricted her breath­ing was deleted.

Part-way through the trial, fol­low­ing le­gal sub­mis­sions from de­fence lawyer David Holmes, the sher­iff ruled there was “no case to an­swer” to a charge of ab­duct­ing Ms Chac by re­fus­ing to al­low her to leave flats in Cri­eff and Black­ford on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions be­tween March 28, 2008, and Septem­ber 11, 2012.

It had been al­leged that he locked the doors and left her with­out keys.

Charges of ab­duct­ing Ms Chac at a house in Mo­ray Street, Black­ford, on one oc­ca­sion be­tween Septem­ber 1 and 30, 2012, and be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner by re­peat­edly tele­phon­ing her and loi­ter­ing out­side her home be­tween De­cem­ber 13, 2010, and April 18, 2015, were both found not proven.

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