A ROSYTH man who raped and physically abused two women over a decade has been jailed for eight years.

Despicable Oliver Dalgleish, 28, attacked the females, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at various locations in Fife and the Scottish Borders between December 2006 and October 2016.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how he also physically assaulted another two women, who also cannot be named, over the same period of time.

He also placed another woman in a state of fear and alarm by indulging in threatening behaviour towards her.

Dalgleish, of Camdean Crescent, Rosyth, was found guilty of breach of the peace and sexual and physical assault charges after a trial last month. Sentence had been deferred for the court to obtain reports on his character.

Today (Friday), judge Lady Scott told Dalgleish that he had go to prison for his crimes.

She also ordered him to be supervised by the authorities for three years following his release from custody.

Passing sentence, Lady Scott said: “You will be placed on the sex offenders' register for an indefinite period.”

At proceedings earlier this year, Dalgleish’s first victim told how he used to call her derogatory names before punching her on the head and body.

She told the court of how Dalgleish also raped her in 2007.

He also physically attacked another two women on various occasions between July 2008 and November 2010. The attacks took place at locations in Fife and Midlothian.

In 2013, he placed another woman in a state of fear and alarm by calling her abusive names.

The court heard how Dalgleish raped another woman between September 2013 and October 31, 2016.

The woman, who was aged 22, told jurors of how Dalgleish had non-consensual sex with her while she slept.

She added: “It was rape. I woke up and he was on top of me. I said no and he did it anyway.

“There was no acknowledgement to me of what I said. He’d just continue to do it.”

Giving evidence, Dalgleish admitted to defence advocate Susan Duff that he called the women derogatory names and physically assaulted them.

But he said he wasn’t guilty of sexual assault.

Ms Duff asked her client about his second victim. She said: “Did you rape her Mr Dalgleish?”

He replied: “No.”

Today (Friday), Ms Duff said her client suffered from poor health.

She added: “He does suffer from a serious medical condition which ultimately will have an impact on his longevity.

“He accepted he had been physically violent towards his partners but he does not accept that he raped them.”

She said that Dalgleish was currently in a relationship with a woman who remained supportive of him.

Prior to Dalgleish being remanded, she was expecting their first child.

Ms Duff added: “They both believe that because of the stress of this case she miscarried the child.”

She asked the judge to take into account that Dalgleish was aged 16 and 17 at the time of some of the offending.

She added: “It is fair to say that Mr Dalgleish is very distressed at the position he finds himself in.”

Lady Scott said his violent course of conduct was “belittling and degrading”.