Rapist Robert Dewar guilty of attacks over 15 years in Fife
A Fife man has been convicted of beating and raping women during a series of relationships over 15 years.
Robert Dewar, 48, was found guilty of five rapes and four assaults on women to the danger of their life by a jury which returned a unanimous verdict.
Dewar, who lived in Lochgelly and Kinross, was also found guilty of assaulting an ex-partner in Fife by pulling her to the ground by her hair.
He originally denied a total of 14 charges but was cleared of the others.
The eight-day trial was held at The High Court in Livingston, West Lothian.
The jury heard evidence the attacks started in February 1998 and continued through years of relationships Dewar had with five different women.
The jury was told that a common theme ran through the offences.
Dewar abused his victims by spitting on them, calling them derogatory names and throttling them.
None of the women can be named for legal reasons.
One of his partners told how Dewar violently raped her on four separate occasions after he had been drinking.
He threatened to set one of them on fire, painted nail varnish on her face and bit her on the face and lip before compressing her throat and restricting her breathing to the danger of her life.
Dewar threatened to set fire to a third partner after pouring alcohol on the ground and threatening to ignite it then grabbed her by the throat and strangled her.
He followed the same pattern with a fourth woman, threatening to set fire to her and her mother, pushing her down a flight of stairs, pushing her onto a couch and throttling her.
Judge Lord Bannatyne called for background reports with a view to imposing an extended sentence at a later date.
Dewar's name was added to the Sex Offenders Register.