Danielle Dodds ‘made peace with death’ and claims she had her hair hacked off with a knife by Garry McNeill
A woman has told how she was allegedly forced to act like a DOG while being held captive by her ‘abusive’ ex-boyfriend.
A court was told Danielle Dodds was also forced to eat her eyebrows and eyelashes, and had her hair hacked off with a knife.
Miss Dodds sobbed as she relived the “torturous” alleged assault at the hands of Garry McNeill, 32.
She claims she was left covered in bruises with a burst lip as McNeill carried out a prolonged attacked her at her home in Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Claiming she made peace with the fact she was going to die during the attack, the court was told it finally came to an end when he fell asleep and she managed to flee her property, alive.
Giving evidence during McNeill’s trial at Paisley Sheriff Court this week, Miss Dodds explained: “He pulled my eyelashes out. He wanted me to eat them. I think I swallowed 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. He had his hands on my throat, and also put a blanket down my throat to stop me breathing and I was choking.
Miss Dodds said the attack continued and moved from her bedroom to the kitchen, where McNeill used a knife on her.
She added: “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.
“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.”
The court heard that during the attack, she managed to make a run for her front door and got out of the internal front door but got stuck in the porch – before being pulled back in by McNeill and subjected to more blows.
Miss Dodds said McNeill later went to bed and fell asleep – managing to convince him while he was half asleep to give her back her phone.
She claims she scoured her house for her spare car key, as he had the other, and that she texted a friend before leaving her property and eventually calling the police.
She also told the court she only returned to her home when police confirmed to her McNeill had been arrested in relation to the alleged attack.
McNeill, 32, of Glasgow, maintains his innocence over the November 2018 alleged assault.
The trial is due to continue later this month