A DUNFERMLINE man has admitted carrying out years of violence and sexual assaults against women.

Richard Scott pled guilty to seven charges against five different women.

He bullied, beat up, stalked and sexually assaulted women during relationships with the abuse continuing from 2002 until last year.

Scott, 41, of Pittencrieff Street, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court and admitted a series of offences.

On an occasion in March 2002, at Clunie Road, Dunfermline, he assaulted a woman by seizing her by the throat, compressing her throat, restricting her breathing and pinning her against a door.

On various occasions between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2006, at Elizabeth Street and Specsavers Opticians, High Street, both Dunfermline, he conducted himself in a disorderly manner by attending uninvited at a woman’s home, he shouted and struck windows and doors, loitered outside her home and repeatedly waited outside her place of work, placing her in a state of fear and alarm and committed a breach of the peace.

On various occasions between December 1, 2010, and December 31, 2011, at an address in Trondheim Parkway he sexually assaulted a woman.

On various occasions between December 1, 2011, and December 31, 2014, at addresses in McClellan Crescent and Trondheim Parkway, Dunfermline, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly contacting a woman by email and text messages despite being asked not to do so, threatened to show private footage and images of her to others and repeatedly attended at her home uninvited.

On various occasions between April 9, 2013, and March 31, 2016, at addresses in Airdrie and Townhill Road, Dunfermline, he assaulted a woman by striking her on the head with a helmet, attempted to push her down a flight of stairs, seized her by the body, threw her to the ground and dragged her by the arms, all to her injury.

On various occasions between February 1 and October 31, 2015, at Beath View, Dunfermline, he sexually assaulted a woman.

On various occasions between October 1, 2015, and June 21, 2016, at Beath View and elsewhere, he engaged in a course of conduct which caused a woman fear and alarm by repeatedly attending at her home address uninvited, left presents for her, climbed over the fence at her home, poured liquid over a trampoline and caused damage to her car.

Sheriff Craig McSherry called for reports and placed Scott on the sex offenders' register. Scott was granted bail and will return to court for sentencing on October 17.