My ex made me eat my own eye­lashes, woman tells court

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - CHRIS TAY­LOR

A woman has claimed she was forced to bark like a dog and eat eye­lashes while be­ing held cap­tive by her abu­sive ex.

Danielle Dodds says Garry McNeill, 32, hacked her hair off with a knife.

She al­leges that he also forced her to eat her false eye­lashes and part of her eye­brows as he car­ried out a “tor­tur­ous” as­sault on her in her own home.

Ms Dodds sobbed in court as she relived the abuse she claims she suf­fered at his hands.

Among her al­le­ga­tions are claims that McNeill left her cov­ered in bruises and with a burst lip - and she thought he was go­ing to kill her.

Ms Dodds said McNeill car­ried out a pro­longed at­tacked her at her home in Lin­wood, on Novem­ber 5 last year.

She told the court it only came to an end when he fell asleep and she man­aged to flee her home.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence dur­ing his trial at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court this week, Ms Dodds ex­plained: “He pulled my eye­lashes out. He wanted me to eat them.

“He also pulled out part of my eye­brows.

“He twisted my arm up my back and pushed my face in to the sofa.

“There was a lot of pro­longed ag­gres­sion be­fore he got to the tor­tur­ous stuff, to be hon­est.

“He had his hands on my throat. “He also put a blan­ket down my throat to stop me breath­ing ... and I was chok­ing.

“All of this hap­pened on the sofa be­fore pulling out my eye­lashes.

“He sat on top of me and was try­ing to ram them into my mouth.

“I tried to keep my mouth shut as long as pos­si­ble. I think I swal­lowed them.”

Ms Dodds said the at­tack con­tin­ued and moved from her bed­room to the kitchen, where McNeill used a knife.

She ex­plained: “He asked me if I would like a hair­cut.

“I know Garry. I knew there was no point say­ing ‘No’ - it was hap­pen­ing.

“He grabbed me by the top knot, pushed me on to the knees and pulled me to the kitchen like a dog and made me bark.

“I was on my knees and he was pulling my hair.

“He asked where I kept the scis­sors and I said I didn’t have any.

“He said ‘Okay, it’ll need to be a kitchen knife then’.

“He grabbed me by the hair and hacked my hair off.

“Then he asked me if he was ‘a good hair­dresser’ be­cause his mum is a hair­dresser.

“I said ‘No’, and he said ‘I need some prac­tice then. Let’s go again’.

“He hacked away at my hair again. There was hair all over the floor. There was no point in me fight­ing back.

“I thought he was go­ing to kill me. “I thought I was go­ing to be found dead in the morn­ing.

“So I thought ‘I know what he’s like. Let’s just crack on and get this done’.”

Ms Dodds said that, dur­ing the at­tack, she man­aged to make a run for her front door.

She got out of the first door but got stuck in the porch after McNeill chased after her and caught her.

And she said he rained blows on her head after bring­ing her back into the flat.

She added: “He was sit­ting on top of me, ask­ing me ques­tions and, for ev­ery re­sponse he didn’t like, he punched me in the face.

“This lasted for about 30 to 45 min­utes.

“I re­mem­ber black­ing out but I came back round quite quickly.

“He even­tu­ally let me go to the toi­let.”

Ms Dodds said McNeill later went to bed and fell asleep and that she man­aged to con­vince him -while he was half asleep - to give her back her phone.

She said she scoured her house for her spare car key, as he had the other, and texted a friend be­fore leav­ing her prop­erty and even­tu­ally call­ing the po­lice.

Ms Dodds said she only re­turned home when po­lice con­firmed to her McNeill had been ar­rested in re­la­tion to the al­leged at­tack.

McNe i l l , f rom Glas­gow, main­tains his in­no­cence and the trial, be­fore Sher­iff Colin Pet­ti­grew, is due to con­tinue later this month.

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