A 50 year-old man who subjected his partners to abuse has been sentenced to seven years in jail.
Graham Young was found guilty of five charges related to the physical abuse of four women and a further two charges related to the sexual assault of another woman, all of the incidents took place in Fife.
The court heard that over an 11-year period, between 1991 and 2002, Young subjected one victim to a catalogue of abuse which included a number of assaults, threats and demands for money.
On the first occasion of physical abuse Young carried out an unprovoked attack where he punched her to the head and body.
Other incidents involved striking her with a bicycle and seizing her by the throat and restricting her breathing. Another involved holding a knife to her face and body.
On one occasion when she was pregnant, he punched her to stomach and smashed her mobile phone to prevent her seeking medical attention.
One woman, who had been in a relationship with Young in 2008, was seized by the hair and her head and face struck off the floor. He also smashed her phone and put it in water and on one occasion put a knife to her neck.
In mid-2015, Young struck his then partner to the head and body and, believing that she was pregnant, pushed his knee into her stomach and punched her stomach.
One woman was sexually assaulted by Young following a series of indecent remarks over a six month period.
Speaking following the sentencing, Anne Marie Hicks, National Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse said: “I would like to commend Graham Young’s victims for having the courage to come forward and providing the evidence to help bring him to justice.
“Violent and abusive behaviour is never acceptable and we strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offences, no matter when they occurred, to report this to the police.
“COPFS are committed to prosecuting crimes of domestic abuse effectively and appropriately, and to working with the police and our partners, to support victims through the criminal justice process.”