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His lies in court felt like being attacked again but I took it all, stood my ground and told the truth - Radio star on trial ordeal; MY HELL Suzie McGuire on how husband's savage smears were meant to ruin her reputation.

Byline: Marion Scott

Suzie McGuire has told how the lies and smears of her wife-beating ex during his trial inflicted more savage blows in his campaign of intimidation and terror.

She believes Derek Mitchell used the court case to put her through one final ordeal after she finally found the courage to end the relationship.

In a desperate attempt to destroy her reputation and career, he accused her of having a cocaine and booze problem.

And he said he had suspected the baby they had together had in fact been fathered by Celtic footballer Marc Crosas.

His lies were the conclusion of a vendetta he had started by calling Radio Clyde to make spurious complaints against Suzie. It caused the DJ to finally walk away from the station she had joined as a teenager.

Mitchell produced no details to back up his claims but knew the damage was done.

At one point, under heavy cross-examination by Mitchell's lawyer Billy Lavelle, she voiced the frustration felt by many victims, saying: "I can understand why so many people suffer in silence."

With the chance to set the record straight today, Suzie told the Sunday Mail: "I'd take any lie detector or forensic test available to prove I don't have drink or drug problems.

"He was the one receiving counselling for alcohol abuse, not me.

"I was pregnant twice during the four years with him. I was breastfeeding our babies and taking medication to control severe post-natal depression. For a huge part of that time I was getting up at 4am to do the breakfast show.

"How could I have done any of those things, never mind all of those things, if I was a cokehead or a drunk? "Derek knows how important image is in my business and he did everything he could to destroy mine without a second thought about how I would feed our children and keep a roof over their heads.

"He went berserk in April 2010 when a newspaper claimed I'd had some kind of fling with Marc Crosas, causing over PS5000 damage to my car with a knife.

"I met Marc when Michelle Mone invited me to a Celtic awards night for players at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow and we'd chatted about how homesick he was.

"Marc asked me to play him a Paolo Nutini song the next day on my radio show and I promised him I would. I'm old enough to be his mum but this brief meeting was turned into some romantic fling.

"Michelle had her driver with her "Michelle had her driver with her that night and she dropped off Johan Mjallby en route, then me, before she went on home to Thorntonhall.

Derek berserk a claimed a "Knowing I'd split up yet again with Derek, I vividly remember Michelle telling me to make sure all the doors and windows were locked once I was safely inside. The paper said Marc came to my house later and we had sex. That's just not true and Derek knew that.

"I already knew he'd go to any length to destroy me but to deny his own son left me gasping. He also lied about me having an abortion.

"His father claimed I'd propped up the bar during his 40th wedding anniversary celebrations in Arran while other people looked after my children. I was bottlefeeding at the time so I wasn't propping up any bar.

"And the 'other people' supposedly looking after my children were their own grandparents, my mum and stepdad who had also been invited on the break and Derek's parents, who wanted to play with the children."

The court ordeal was one final torment in a long road to rid herself of Mitchell.

She said: "I took it all, stood my ground and told the truth. It made me sad and so angry. Domestic abusers are so clever they rarely inflict their violence anywhere in the open, it's always behind closed doors so nobody else is a witness. That's how they get away with it time after time."

The truth, according to Suzie, was that Mitchell was starstruck and fame hungry and his addiction to the limelight quickly became an embarrassment. She told how, soon after they were married, he tried to ingratiate himself with the footballers, pop stars and business people she became friends with through her radio show and charity work.

While her job required her to rub shoulders with stars such as Robbie Williams and Taylor Swift, all she really wanted to do was to get back home to her children. But Mitchell couldn't get enough of it.

She said: "I loved my job but Derek seemed to love it even more, insisting I take him with me to all the events I was invited to.

"When we attended gala dinners and events, Derek would make a beeline for any celebrities, pestering them for selfies which he loved to post on social media. I was cringing inside.

"I remember a Halloween party at our house the first year we were together and he pestered former Miss Scotland Nieve Jennings all night like a lovelorn teenager. It was sickening.

"When Alexandra Burke did a private party for some friends in November 2010, he was all over her like a rash and I felt for her as she's someone I've worked with and a really lovely girl.

"Magician Dynamo was at the same event and he kept pestering him all night for pictures too.

"He quickly became so gallus and over-familiar with these people. I think he thought they were his friends.

"I remember we were having a quiet dinner together in 29 in Glasgow when he spotted Sir Tom Hunter with friends, clearly having a business dinner. Derek went over, pulled up a seat and sat down next to them like he was one of them. I wanted the ground to swallow me up.

"He did the same with footballers, "He did the same with footballers, especially ex-Rangers stars such as Andy Goram and Arthur Numan. He took every opportunity he could.

"The drunker he got, Derek not only "The drunker he got, Derek not only lifted drinks off tables, he actually went around offering to sell fake designer watches and designer bags to people who could have bought the real thing with their spare change.

"He would drive around in my Range "He would drive around in my Range Rover Vogue. But he would mooch discounts at the shops and businesses run by friends - he even wanted a free haircut from my hairdresser.

"He was always happy to enjoy free "He was always happy to enjoy free holidays at the overseas homes of my friends with hardly a proper thank you."

After their final split, Mitchell continued to try to cause maximum disruption for Suzie through her work.

She played Blurred Lines on the she played Blurred Lines on the show and joked that one of her exes had fancied himself as a Robin Thicke lookalike. Mitchell made an official complaint.

She said: "He had promised to destroy me and my career so many times, I knew he would do his worst. With the court case against him looming, I worried constantly what he would do next.

"I had worked at Clyde for 30 years. "I had worked at Clyde for 30 years. I'd been just 15, still a schoolgirl, when I first volunteered to man the phones at the reception desk during the holidays.

"I had held down two of the most "I had held down two of the most demanding slots, the drivetime and the breakfast show, drawing in top ratings for the station. Everyone I worked with was like family. How could I put them through the mudslinging Derek had promised to inflict? "With tears in my eyes, I went to my "With tears in my eyes, I went to my boss and told him I had to leave. He argued with me to stay but I knew how devious Derek could be.

"He had even started complaining "He had even started complaining about the songs I'd chosen for my show, claiming they were aimed at him. I knew the harassment would only get worse.

"My boss told me he would keep the "My boss told me he would keep the door open for me if I had a change of heart. Walking out of Clyde that last day was the saddest day of my life. Derek had got what he wanted.

"He had always warned me if it took "He had always warned me if it took him a year, 10 years or even more, he would get his revenge.

"Then he sent me a text saying we "Then he sent me a text saying we would only 'destroy each other'. I replied 'Job done'. 'Job done'.

"He sent a clip of the Carpenters song "He sent a clip of the Carpenters song We've Only Just Begun.

"Knowing Derek as I do, I took it as a "Knowing Derek as I do, I took it as a sinister threat. I sat in the dark and cried."

Who knows the future? I'm just happy to be alive with my kids

Suzie enjoyed a six-figure salary and a showbiz lifestyle with her dream job presenting a show on Clyde 1. But her shattering experience of domestic violence and her ordeal in court has led her to a new vocation - helping other victims.

She said: "Right now, I believe I'm just lucky to be alive and I have my four children and my happy home back.

"I know my real friends have always been there for me and my family have never left my side.

"I don't regret lifting that phone and telling all to the police. I just wish I'd done it far sooner.

"I'm speaking out now because I hope this will save more battered and abused women and encourage them to pick up the phone. I'd advise any abused women to take pictures of their injuries and keep a note of the date and time of the attack.

"I want others to know that there is help out there and new lives to be had.

"I don't know what the future holds for me. I'd love to do more to help other battered women.

"But whatever is ahead, at least now I don't need to be terrified in my own home. My doctor says my post-natal depression is almost gone now that I'm not having to contend with living with violence too."

Suzie says being a fulltime mum and getting her family back to normal is her goal.

She added: "I'm enjoying taking my girls to school and Oliver to nursery.

"Then wee Poppy and I pop back home to play with her toys.

"I am just glad to be back in control of my own life - that's a strange feeling after all this time.

"While I'm really enjoying being a mum, I know that I have to get a job soon to keep a roof over our heads.

"I just hope nobody "I just hope nobody believes the lies Derek told in court and my 30 years of broadcasting experience will stand me in good stead."

"Derek went berserk when a newspaper claimed I'd had a fling with a footballer

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