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Man guilty of attacking Michelle McManus with guitar case

The former Pop Idol winner was assaulted by musician Derek McArthur outside a pub in Glasgow.

Attack: Michelle McManus.
Attack: Michelle McManus. STV

A musician has been found guilty of attacking singer Michelle McManus with a guitar case outside a pub in Glasgow.

The former Pop Idol winner was attacked by Derek McArthur outside the Linen pub in Shawlands in January 2017.

Ms McManus said she was left injured and an "absolute wreck" after the incident.

The 38-year-old said: "I was hysterical and terrified. I could not believe it had happened."

McArthur was fined £350 after being found guilty of assault after a trial at Glasgow's Justice of the Peace Court on Thursday.

The 41-year-old had denied the charge claiming he had been acting in self defence. He said Ms McManus' husband, Jeff Nimmo, had punched him.

Ms McManus had been out with her husband and others on January 21, 2017 to celebrate a friend's birthday.

They later ended up in Ms McManus' local pub Linen. McArthur- who often performed there - was also in the bar that night.

The court heard McArthur had at one point accidentally fallen into the singer's chest after playing on a skateboard.

After leaving the bar in the early hours, Ms McManus recalled McArthur coming towards her "at speed".

She told prosecutor John Bedford "He was absolutely incensed - screaming in my face.

"He was totally incoherent. He then had his guitar case and battered me with it."

She remembered being hit once down the left hand side of her face and falling to the ground.

The trial was told Ms McManus did not leave the house for days until her husband urged her to see a doctor.

'I was hysterical, absolutely terrified. I was in total devastation, as anyone would be'
Michelle McManus

She was put on medication describing herself as an "absolute wreck".

Ms McManus said: "I still believe there was no rhyme nor reason for this. I still don't know why this happened to me."

She went on to admit a "couple of interactions" with McArthur prior to the alleged attack.

In 2013 or 2014, Ms McManus recalled arranging a date with a "nice" man called Des on Tinder.

This person then failed to show, but got in touch again urging her to meet.

Ms McManus remembered this man soon becoming "aggressive" and she cut any contact.

Around a year later, Ms McManus was in Linen when a man hosting an open mic singing night apparently made a jibe directed at her.

Ms McManus spoke to the bar's manager - who went on to tell her the entertainer and this man had previously "gone out" with each other.

Ms McManus said: "It was then I realised it was the man on Tinder."

'I cannot go down the street without people laughing at me. For people to think I have hit a woman destroys me'
Derek McArthur

McArthur stated that the allegations had left him needing counselling.

Denying the assault, he added: "I cannot go down the street without people laughing at me.

"For people to think I have hit a woman destroys me."

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