Woman cleared of attacking mum who had affair with her boyfriend

Apr 3 2011 Norman Silvester, Sunday Mail

A WOMAN who accused her boyfriend and mother of having a secret affair has been cleared of attacking them in the street.

Jackie Mitchell, 24, suspected an illicit romance after she caught partner David Murphy making late-night visits to her mum Marie Barton’s house.

Mitchell was later charged with assaulting the pair.

Scrap worker Murphy, 45, who is the same age as Barton, has four grown-up children and a three-year-old daughter with Mitchell.

The Sunday Mail revealed details of Mitchell’s claims earlier this year.

At the time, she said: “I have lost a mum and my daughter has lost a gran. My worst fear is that David was sleeping with me and her at the same time.”

After a trial at Paisley Sheriff Court last week, Mitchell was cleared of striking her mum on the body and causing her to fall in the town last July. She was also cleared of assaulting Murphy last October by “striking him on the head with a mobile phone” and of breaching bail conditions.

Mitchell first suspected an affair in August 2009 when she went to her mum’s home in Hillington, Glasgow, late at night and found David there.

After the couple split up last year, she claims Murphy set up home with her mum and admitted he was seeing her but he now denies any relationship.

Yesterday Mitchell, from Penilee, Glasgow, said: ” I am just glad this is over and I can get on with the rest of my life.

“I will never speak to my mother again and I only have limited contact with David because of our daughter.”

Barton has since moved to Cardonald, Glasgow, while Murphy has moved into a flat in the city’s Thornliebank.

From www.dailyrecord.co.uk