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Guy Mitchinson not guilty of ‘systematic bullying’

  • Guy Mitchinson ran Castilium Capital with ex-Merrill Lynch trader Alicia Vidler
  • But she claimed he was violent and made her a prisoner in her home in London
  • Mitchinson said wife invented claims to escape failing business and marriage
  • He is found not guilty of assault and controlling or coercive behaviour charges

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 07:17 EDT, 5 May 2017 | Updated: 11:44 EDT, 5 May 2017

A hedge fund boss accused of 'systematically bullying' his wife and repeatedly assaulting her at their £3.4million home was cleared of wrongdoing today.

Former Deutsche Bank derivatives expert Guy Mitchinson ran Castilium Capital with ex-Merrill Lynch trader Alicia Vidler, who said she was a prisoner in her own home.

But Mitchinson, 38, told Isleworth Crown Court in West London that the claims were invented by his wife who wanted to escape the failing business and the marriage.

Former Deutsche Bank derivatives expert Guy Mitchinson
Former Deutsche Bank derivatives expert Guy Mitchinson
Ex-Merrill Lynch trader Alicia Vidler
Ex-Merrill Lynch trader Alicia Vidler

Former Deutsche Bank derivatives expert Guy Mitchinson (left) ran Castilium Capital with ex-Merrill Lynch trader Alicia Vidler (right), who said she was a prisoner in her own home

Today the jury found him not guilty of assault and controlling or coercive behaviour after less than three hours' deliberation following a two-week trial.

Ms Vidler, 37, was an equity derivatives trader with Deutsche Bank in Sydney before moving to the UK, where she studied for a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College.

Privately-educated Ms Vidler, who attended Sydney's Ascham school, founded Mayfair's Castilium Capital in January 2012 with Mitchinson.

The couple shared a home in exclusive Knightsbridge, but after being charged last year Mitchinson moved to a flat four miles away in West Hampstead.

He also was banned from directly contacting his ex while on bail. He was served with divorce papers when he arrived at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court for the first time.

In the witness box, arthritic Ms Vidler denied her account was 'fabricated and exaggerated'.

The couple had a £3.4million home in Knightsbridge, where Ms Vidler said she was a prisoner
The couple had a £3.4million home in Knightsbridge, where Ms Vidler said she was a prisoner

The couple had a £3.4million home in Knightsbridge, where Ms Vidler said she was a prisoner

Caroline Paul, prosecuting, had told the jury: 'This trial is about a man systematically bullying his wife in order to control her and he became more controlling and violent between January and July, last year.

'His wife became his virtual prisoner and he began to interfere with her medical care, forcing her into taking a course of medication when the the side effects were severe.

'He wanted her to put more hours into the business when she was sick and in a wheelchair and to travel abroad when unwell.

'He insisted on knowing her precise movements and would call her three to four times an hour to check in on her and insisted knowing all the passwords to her electronic devices.'

During one row she tried to leave, the jury were told. Miss Paul said: 'He pulled her back by her handbag strap, blocked the doorway and slammed her against the wall and repeatedly kicked her in the legs, causing bruising to her elbows and knees.'

There was allegedly another row before a matinee theatre trip with friends. Miss Paul added: 'Mr Mitchinson jabbed her in the stomach with a dinner plate, grabbed her by the arm and pushed her against the wall screaming insults.' 

But at Isleworth Crown Court today, Mitchinson was unanimously found not guilty of one count of controlling or coercive behaviour between January and July last year.

He was also cleared unanimously of three counts of assaulting Ms Vidler at their home address on dates between January and July.

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