Award-winning comedian who abused women is jailed for four years

Award-winning comedian who abused and stalked women he was dating is described as a ‘real-life Dirty John’ and a ‘psychopath’ by his victims as he is jailed for four years

  • John McDade, 37, is starting a four-year jail sentence after being convicted  
  • He blew kisses at his victims as he was taken to the cells at Airdie Sheriff Court 
  • One of his victims said: ‘He’s a narcissist and preys on women he perceives as vulnerable’ 

John McDade, 37, is starting a four-year jail sentence after being convicted of a series of offences against women he had been romantically involved with

An award-winning comedian jailed for abusing and stalking women he was dating was described as a ‘real-life Dirty John’ and a ‘psychopath’ by ex-girlfriends.

Violent John McDade, 37, is starting a four-year jail sentence after being convicted of a series of offences against women he had been romantically involved with.

The comic, who won Virgin’s New Stand Up of the Year award in 2014, blew kisses at his victims as he was taken to the cells after sentencing at Airdrie Sheriff Court, North Lanarkshire, on Friday.

He smirked as he left the dock – but one of the women watching him being sent down was compelled to applaud from the public gallery.

McDade, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, was deemed a ‘serious danger to women’ after being convicted of horrific domestic abuse and two counts of stalking two victims.

The comedian, who won Virgin’s New Stand Up of the Year award in 2014, blew kisses to his victims as he was taken to the cells in Airdie Sheriff Court, North Lanarkshire, on Friday 

He was jailed for four years for a total of six charges against two women, and an additional three months for breaking bail conditions.

The woman who could not resist clapping as she watched her abuser being sent to prison, described him as ‘like a real-life Dirty John’ – a reference to the true crime series shown on Netflix.

She had previously given evidence in a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court in 2013, where he was convicted of domestic abuse on her and two other women, but McDade was spared jail.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the 33-year-old woman, who works as a nurse, said: ‘He’s a psychopathic predator and a real-life Dirty John.

‘I’m glad he’s been put behind bars but four years still isn’t enough.

‘He’s a narcissist and preys on women he perceives as vulnerable.

‘He just moves on and leaves a trail of devastation.’

The nurse was subjected to an assault by McDade between January and June 2011.

Two years later, he was convicted of slapping her on the face, kicking her on the legs and body, and pushing her to the ground to her injury.

Another ex-girlfriend, Gillian McTominay, 29, gave evidence at the same trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court and revealed she warned cops McDade would re-offend.

Ms McTominay said: ‘When I found out about the recent attack on two other exes I actually started crying.

‘I was so sad that he had done something so horrific to another woman.

‘A policeman came to my work and asked me to give a statement about our relationship because he had badly beaten his most recent ex-girlfriend and they wanted to prove a pattern of behaviour.

McDade was jailed for four years for a total of six charges against two women, and an additional three months for breaking bail conditions

‘He slapped me on one occasion and I forgave him then one night he hit me a few more times and I threw him out.

‘It was gut-wrenching to know that he had got away with what he had done without any major consequence.’

A charge of him attempting to menace Ms McTominay with a knife at her home in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, was found not proven.

McDade was convicted of attacks on both the nurse, Ms McTominay, and a third woman, now aged 38, following the trial in October 2013 at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

In November 2013, he was given 300 hours of community service for the combined offences.

Gillian said: ‘He was found guilty and given a community service order.

‘He tried to appeal too but that was rejected.’

During vicious assaults on Ms McTominay between October 2007 and December 2009, McDade slapped her, twisted her leg and punched her on the head.

She claimed he used coercive control and tried to stop her from seeing friends and relatives – including her own father.

One of his victims, who couldn’t help but applaud as McDade was taken to the cells, said that he was ‘a narcissist and preys on women he perceives as vulnerable’

Ms McTominay, who was in her late teens at the time, said: ‘He stopped me seeing my friends and made me come home from a holiday early by lying and telling me he was sick in hospital.

Another of his victims said: ‘When I first met him he was so funny and kind and would do anything for you. It all started to change about five months in’

‘That’s when it became apparent he didn’t like me going out even if it was just with my dad never mind friends.

‘I lost contact with so many people during the relationship. I was only 18 or 19 at the time so I was very naive about all of it.

‘I felt guilty that I didn’t go to the police myself when we broke up because in my head I thought I could have prevented this from happening.

‘When I first met him he was so funny and kind and would do anything for you. It all started to change about five months in.

‘I actually think I was very lucky. The abuse that the most recent women have suffered says to me that he’s become more violent.’

At the same trial, more than five years ago, McDade was also convicted of a sickening assault on another girlfriend, who he was in a long-term relationship with.

McDade was also convicted of assault against another ex-girlfriend. He tied her up and locked her in a cupboard before dragging her up the stairs by her hair. She said: ‘He can’t be in a long-term relationship without abusing a woman. He’s a psychopath and a predator’

The victim, now 38, was tied up and locked in a cupboard by McDade before he dragged her up the stairs by her hair.

The woman, who was with him for three years, cried as her abuser was finally jailed for the attacks on his latest victims.

She said: ‘He’s a total manipulator who charms women and lies about who he is.

‘When I was with him he’d even get suited and booted every day to go to his pretend job that he didn’t have.

‘He can’t be in a long term relationship without abusing a woman.

‘He’s a psychopath and a predator.

‘It’s good that he’s going to jail but it doesn’t make up for all the lives that he damaged.’

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