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North-east man once jailed for assault that cost rugby star his eye admits campaign of abuse against two former partners

Christon Mackie.
Christon Mackie.

A north-east man previously jailed for a brutal assault that cost a promising rugby player his eye and his career has confessed to carrying out a terrifying campaign of abuse against his girlfriend following his release from jail.

Serial violent attacker Christon Mackie was jailed for six years in December 2010 for his attack on New Zealander Aparangi Hemara.

He and brother Aaron repeatedly punched and kicked their victim on Aberdeen’s Union Street, causing Mr Hemara to lose his eye and end his career.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard yesterday that once free of custody, Mackie went on to carry out a campaign of abuse against his partner.

The 29–year-old formed a relationship with the woman in question in October last year.

While it started well,the court was told Mackie began drinking regularly, causing the relationship to fracture.

He first attacked her in January this year after returning from six hours drinking in the pub.

The court heard he grabbed her by the hair, dragged her to the front door and shouted abuse at her.

Mackie locked the woman outside and refused to allow her back in to claim her car keys.

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He later grabbed her right arm with such force that was unable to lift the limb and pleaded with him to allow her to go to hospital. Mackie prevented her from doing so.

She would go on to tell him she had to go to hospital as she could not life the arm in question but he refused to let her go.

Later the same day he dug his fingers into the shoulder injury, kicked her and restricted her breathing.

He carried out later assaults in February, June and July and in May this year he knocked on the window of her flat with a lighter in his hand and told her he would burn the property down if she did not let him in.

He then banged on another window until she let him in out of fear.

Mackie admitted threatening behaviour between January and June this year as well as five charges of assault against the woman during an appearance at court yesterday.

Fiscal depute Alison Reid said of the first assault: “She said she thought she was going to die.

“He delayed her receiving medical treatment.

“It was not until later that day she went to hospital and was found to have a broken humerus, the long bone between the shoulder and elbow.

“She was off work for four weeks and her arm was in a sling.”

Mackie also confessed to two charged against another ex-partner.

In April 2016 he became angry after being unable to take a hot shower.

That minor inconvenience was enough to prompt the thug to grab her from behind and push a necklace into her skin, leaving her with swelling and bruising.

In June this year, after the pair had separated, he saw her and threw a pie at her.

Sheriff Jack Brown deferred sentence Mackie, described as a prisoner at HMP Grampian, in order to obtain reports.

He described the accused’s conduct as a “significant campaign of abuse.”

Mackie will return to court next month for sentencing.

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