A VIOLENT thug terrorised three partners in a catalogue of horrific domestic abuse spanning almost 20 years.

One woman was severely injured when she was pregnant after being grabbed by Alexander Greenaway and thrown against a wall.

The same victim was later knocked off a sofa along with her young child – Greenaway then plunged a knife into the furniture.

The abuse involved three partners between 1998 and 2017 at various locations including Kelty, Cardenden and Kinross.

Greenaway, 38, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court but Sheriff Charles Macnair remitted the case to the High Court where longer jail terms can be imposed.

Greenaway, currently a prisoner, previously admitted a series of offences.

On an occasion between May 1, 1998 and July 1, 1999 he assaulted his then partner by shouting, swearing, slapping her on the face and seizing her by the neck.

On an occasion between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006 at Green Hotel, Kinross, he assaulted a second partner, by throwing a pair of hair straighteners which struck her on the head, pursued her, seized and dragged her by the hair.

On August 23, 2006, at Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, he assaulted the same woman, then pregnant, by pulling away a chair she was sitting on from under her, seizing her by the body and throwing her against a wall to her severe injury.

On an occasion between December 1 and 31 at Kinloch Rannoch he shouted, swore, picked up a sofa that the woman and her child were sitting on, causing them to fall off it and then repeatedly struck the sofa with a knife.

On December 31 and January 1, 2017 at Elmwood Terrace and Main Street, both Kelty, he overturned a table, made derogatory remarks towards a third partner, kicked a gate, acted aggressively and threw household items about.

Greenaway will remain in custody until sentencing takes place at the high court.