EDDIE Cairney claimed that Margaret Fleming’s grandfather branded her a ‘freak and a monster’ and never wanted to see her again.

He said he was later accused of ‘starving’ Margaret which prompted a visit to a GP but he insisted he only ever worked to get her fit.

Cairney told the court: “When we met her she was obese. 

“I started her on bicycle training and I bought her a rowing machine for £1,600.

“She lived on pizzas and pasta.

“We fed her what we were feeding. 

“Her weight tumbled.”