Sadistic personal trainer faces ‘significant’ jail time for horrific campaign of domestic abuse – Daily Record

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One of Scotland’s most violent domestic abusers has been locked up and warned to expect a “significant” jail term when he reappears in court for sentence.

Personal trainer Mikie McCash, who terrorised four young women over an 8-year period, fought back tears today as a sheriff remanded him.

The “sadistic” 28-year-old – who thought he would be released on bail for Christmas – slumped forward in the dock as security officers handcuffed him and led him away.

His attitude changed markedly from when he first arrived at Dundee Sheriff Court with his long hair tied up in a top-knot.

The cocky gym-bunny was all smiles, wearing ‘Rupert the Bear’ style tartan trousers, a roll neck jumper, long coat and brown loafers with no socks as he took his seat earlier in the day.

The magnitude of his horrific crimes soon became apparent as procurator fiscal Marie Irvine detailed the 13 charges to which he pled guilty last week.

He had originally faced 26 charges of violence and traumatic intimidation and abuse against the brave women.

The court heard how he spat on his victims, head butted and punched them, stuffed socks down their throats, choked them and, in one case, used a pillow to smother one.

In one of the assaults, a victim was rushed to A&E after he bent her arm so far back that a “crack” sound was heard.

He also held a knife to the throat of two women and threatened to kill another by crashing the car he was driving.

Another savage attack was only stopped when McCash’s own father intervened and had an argument with him.

The repeated assaults took place at various addresses in Dundee between 2008 and 2016.

As he remanded him pending further reports, Sheriff Tom Hughes said: “This is an appalling series of offences. There was a clear pattern of violent conduct toward your partners.

“You are extremely fortunate to be here and not a higher court.

“You could have caused far more significant injuries to these women.

“Your conduct was completely unacceptable and you acted in a sadistic nature and betrayed your victims’ trust.

“They felt unworthy, scared and have had great difficulty socialising since. Their lives were blighted by what you did to them and left them very badly depressed.”

And he added: “I’m going to send a very clear message to society that anyone pleading guilty (to this type of offence) can be dealt with seriously by the courts.

“I want to pay tribute to the victims. I hope they can put this behind them and move forward.

“They have drawn the attention of the authorities to you so any future partners can be protected.”

Sheriff Hughes called for a Caledonian Risk Assessment – a special behaviour programme for men convicted of domestic abuse offences that also involves support for victims and safety planning.

As he remanded McCash, he warned that a “significant custodial sentence is almost inevitable.” 

Speaking outside the court, McCash’s victims thanked Police Scotland and said the sheriff’s strong words had “empowered” them.

One said: “McCash can’t do this to anybody else now. We hope that what we’ve done can encourage other domestic abuse victims to come forward. You don’t have to live in constant fear.”

While another added: “We want a big sentence next year but nothing will ever be large enough to deflect from what he’s done to us. He can’t lie to anyone else anymore.”

A third victim said a decision by a local charity that supports vulnerable people to allow McCash to help them was wrong.

She said: “It is disgusting that he’s been allowed to do charity work with potentially vulnerable women – it’s a smokescreen to try and get a lighter sentence.

“He’s a real Jekyll and Hyde character – thankfully the system has finally seen through him.”

McCash’s sentence was deferred until 10 January 2020.

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