A WOMAN was dragged into the toilets of a Dunfermline pub by a man she had met just a short time earlier.

John Middleton, from Aberdeen, then caused a disturbance at the woman’s home.

Middleton, 21, was previously on trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He was found guilty of a charge that on May 18 at the Old Inn, Kirkgate, he assaulted a woman by seizing her by the arms and forcibly pulling her into an area containing toilets.

The jury delivered a ‘not proven’ verdict on a charge that he sexually assaulted the woman in her home.

Middleton admitted a third charge that on May 18 at her house in Dunfermline and at Dunfermline police station he repeatedly shouted, swore, made threats of violence towards the woman and police officers and repeatedly made racist and abusive remarks.

Middleton is currently the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.

He is also on an ASBO as a result of anti-social behaviour.

There are strict conditions on the orders imposed in Aberdeen banning him from consuming alcohol.

Middleton decided to travel out of Aberdeen to Dunfermline for a drinking session when the offences took place.

The pub incident was caught on CCTV and appeared to show both Middleton and the woman were heavily intoxicated.

The two of them later went to the woman’s home where it was alleged that he sexually assaulted her.

When police were called, he made threats to the woman and the officers who attended.

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a community payback order with two years’ supervision and a six-month restriction of liberty order.