Scots sadist caged for terrorising partner and ordering her to eat mouse nest

A sadistic domestic abuser subjected his partner to a two-year terror campaign which saw him order her to eat a mouse nest.

David Macdonald repeatedly attacked his lover, once running onto her foot in his car and ignoring her desperate pleas to drive it off.

The 38-year-old thug also struck the woman with a knife during an incident which saw him incite her to kill herself.

Macdonald was convicted by a jury of 14 separate assaults against her after a trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Now he’s behind bars after being given four-and-a-half years in prison for the sick attacks in Midlothian, Edinburgh and Fife.

Macdonald was also handed a 15-year non-harassment order to make him stay away from the traumatised woman as part of his sentence.

A jury earlier returned guilty verdicts for the catalogue of crimes which took place between June 2016 and the end of 2018.

A jury found Macdonald guilty after a trial.

In one offence from November 2016 in Midlothian, Macdonald placed a knife against the woman’s body and incited her to kill herself. He then repeatedly struck the woman with a knife to her injury.

Earlier, in July 2016, Macdonald and the woman were in a car in Fife when he assaulted her then slammed on the brakes, causing her head to strike the vehicle’s interior.

He jumped out and dragged her from the passenger seat before getting back behind the wheel and driving off.

In July 2017, he ran over her foot in Midlothian, refused to move the car, then left her to crawl severely injured into a home.

Days later, while she was still injured, he struck her inside a car then drove off before she’d fully got out the vehicle, trapping her hand in the door.

An incident in November 2016 saw Macdonald pick up a hairdryer and throw it against a glass table, causing it to smash. The brute instructed the woman to clean up the broken glass with her bare hands before pushing her on the ground so she fell on the shards to her injury.

Two months later at the same Midlothian address, Macdonald seized his partner by the neck and held her against a wall, applying pressure to restrict her breathing until she fell to the floor.

In June 2017 Macdonald grabbed the woman by her clothing and pushed her, propelling her against a window where her arm went through the glass to her severe injury and permanent impairment.

At another address in Midlothian in 2018, Macdonald seized her by the head and attempted to drag her from a vehicle.

The jury also convicted him of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner between July 2017 and December 2018 for incidents which included instructing the woman to eat a mouse nest and making threats to kill a neighbour’s dog.

Macdonald, of Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, was jailed by Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC on Tuesday.

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