Serial domestic abuser walks free from court

© DC Thomson
Perth Sheriff Court.

A serial domestic abuser who terrorised three former partners over a period of almost 13 years has dodged jail.

Jamie Doak physically attacked the women time and again while involved in relationships that left the woman physically and mentally scarred.

The thug had refused to accept his guilt and denied a string of charges, dismissing his victim’s recollections of his violent outburst as “nonsense”.

A jury found him guilty of four charges of assaulting and injuring Julie Mailer, Joanna Perrett and Joanna Chac after days of evidence.

As he returned to Perth Sheriff Court for sentencing, however, a sheriff agreed with his legal team that there was an alternative to custody.

Sheriff Christopher Shead placed Doak on a community payback order requiring him to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.

He will also be under social work supervision for two years and will have to engage with the Caledonian Project.


Doak, of Ruthven Street in Auchterarder, had been found guilty of assaulting Julie Mailer between June 2001 and August 2005 to her injury, on one occasion pushing her head against a car window and throwing a television at her on another.

He was also convicted of two charges of assaulting Joanna Perrett between October 2006 and January 2008 to her injury and severe injury.

Doak threw her the ground during one attack in January 2008.

Finally, he had beenfound guilty of attacking Joanna Chac to her injury between September 2008 and May 2014.

The assaults on Ms Chac included striking her with household items and seizing her by the neck and pushing her against a wall so that only her toes remained on the ground and her breathing was restricted.

The incidents took place at addresses across Perth and Kinross.