Dogs Grooming

Movie star canine groomer avoids ‘doghouse’ after battering marriage ceremony visitor in unprovoked assault

A star canine groomer with the snarling mood of a rabid pit bull has narrowly prevented being despatched to the ‘doghouse’ after ‘ruffing’ up a whole stranger.

homas McDonald battered a marriage visitor he’d by no means met earlier than and left him needing surgical procedure to reset his damaged nostril – however was so ‘Shih Tzu-faced’ on booze he cannot bear in mind a factor!

And after we confronted the father-of-five about his case this week he barked again: “And what?”

A decide this week ordered the thug to pay his sufferer a whopping £5,000 in compensation however determined to not ship him to jail due to the impression it will have on the individuals he employs at his profitable canine grooming enterprise.

She additionally branded him a “full shame” who “introduced disgrace on his household” and instructed him he ought to cease ingesting alcohol and search assist to remedy his foul mood.

The 36-year-old runs the Wizard of Canine grooming enterprise in Cookstown and appeared earlier this yr on hit BBC prime time present Pooch Excellent.

However we are able to reveal not solely was the short-tempered canine shearer on bail awaiting trial when he appeared on the nationwide TV present – he additionally has a disturbing historical past of violence.

Actually, a decide at Antrim Crown Court docket this week described McDonald as a Jekyll and Hyde character after it emerged he already had a conviction for grievous bodily hurt and a 3rd separate convictions for precise bodily hurt.

We confronted McDonald this week to ask if he had any regret for his fully unprovoked assault on his poor sufferer.

However we discovered him working away on the Wizard of Canine enterprise and he wasn’t too eager to speak about his court docket case.

“And what?” he snapped after we instructed him we have been reporting his court docket case.

Once we instructed him we wished to present him the chance to present his facet of what occurred he tried to bluff us by saying, “What court docket case?”

Clearly not within the temper to enter particulars, we instructed him we’d be operating his story however all he would say was: “No, you do no matter you need to do, I am not commenting on it.”

On Monday Choose Patricia Smyth instructed McDonald that though he “deserves to go straight to jail” for breaking the person’s nostril within the unprovoked assault, particularly given the actual fact this was the third time he had been sentenced for violent offences, “it is the Jekyll and Hyde side of this case that troubles me.”

McDonald, from Coolmount Park, was on bail for battering the visitor when he made an look on BBC One present Pooch Excellent, pitching canine groomers from throughout the UK in opposition to one another.

Broadcast at primetime on January 7 final yr and introduced by actress and West Finish star Sheridan Smith, McDonald fails to impress the judges when he has to clip Bourbon the Shih Tzu and finally ends up “within the doghouse” however he nearly redeems himself with Purple, a cross breed Cavapoo who has a teddy bear minimize. McDonald impresses Purple’s house owners however the judges much less so and he exits the competitors in joint third.


McDonald featured on BBC sequence Pooch Excellent

McDonald featured on BBC sequence Pooch Excellent


On the time of the published, the place he described himself as a “chilled character,” McDonald was dealing with court docket proceedings charged with inflicting precise bodily hurt on November 2, 2019.

McDonald was at a marriage on the plush Roe Park Resort in Limavady when the evening supervisor referred to as police after he punched a fellow visitor “six or seven instances” to the face.

The sufferer spoke to police on the scene and instructed them he was “minding his personal enterprise, mingling with visitors when he was hit within the face quite a few instances by a male,” leaving him coated in blood.

“That was you,” Choose Smyth instructed McDonald, “this was an unprovoked assault, drunk…. the sufferer did not even know the male concerned.”

She outlined how the evening supervisor who noticed the incident remarked there had been “no interplay in any respect” between McDonald and the sufferer earlier than he launched his assault which broke the person’s nostril and required surgical procedure to right.

Interviewed by cops 5 weeks later, McDonald stated he had been ingesting all day, might bear in mind falling asleep and “being spoken to by police” however couldn’t recall something of the violent incident.

Choose Smyth revealed that McDonald had twice been earlier than the courts for violence earlier than – given a suspended jail sentence for GBH in 2012 and a probation order for one more precise bodily hurt in 2014.


Thomas McDonald refused to comment on his case when we found him

Thomas McDonald refused to touch upon his case after we discovered him

Thomas McDonald refused to touch upon his case after we discovered him

McDonald’s convictions, stated the decide, was an aggravating issue as was the truth that he had landed “a number of blows” and battered his sufferer whereas drunk, however he was due credit score for pleading responsible though he had little selection given the energy of the case in opposition to him.

“You’re a man who shouldn’t drink alcohol,” Choose Smyth instructed McDonald, “it does not agree with you and turns you into one thing of a Jekyll and Hyde character.”

Turning to McDonald’s private background, the decide stated the father-of-five was a “profitable businessman in the neighborhood” having turned the unfavourable of redundancy right into a optimistic by opening his canine grooming enterprise which employs as much as three individuals and trains different groomers.

“You could have offered employment in the neighborhood, you present for your loved ones and pay your mom’s mortgage in addition to your personal however when you drink alcohol to extra, a really totally different character emerges, a person able to unprovoked violence,” stated Choose Smyth.

Leaving completely no room for doubt, she instructed McDonald his actions “are a whole shame, have introduced disgrace on your self and your loved ones and injured an harmless man for no purpose.”

On the one hand, she was confronted with a violent drunk who had twice didn’t study classes and “deserves to go straight to jail” however on the opposite, a person with “a lot of optimistic attributes” whose enterprise would shut and whose household would undergo if he went to jail.

“These are harmless individuals and it is the Jekyll and Hyde side of this case that troubles me,” stated Choose Smyth who instructed McDonald his issues with alcohol “must be addressed if the general public is to be protected.”

“The query for me is how do I deter you and others from abusing alcohol with such catastrophic impact?” the decide requested rhetorically.

Answering her personal query, she stated the “straightforward reply” was simply to jail McDonald “however is it in the end the fitting reply?”

Choose Smyth stated she had concluded that “you need assistance, skilled assist, as a result of that is such a major problem” however that McDonald “additionally must be punished.”

With a view to do each, the decide ordered McDonald to finish two years on probation together with 80 hours of group service, warning the thug that he could be “instructed what to do and the place to do it” with a warning that if he didn’t comply, he would doubtless be jailed.

Ordering him to pay £5,000 compensation to the sufferer, she instructed McDonald “you will pay on your behaviour.”

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