Rapist Robert Dewar jailed for 10 years

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A Fife man who raped and assaulted five women over a 15-year period has been jailed for 10 years.

Robert Dewar, 48, was sentenced for five serious sexual assaults and four attacks on women which endangered their lives between 1998 and 2013.

The court heard Dewar, who was also convicted of assaulting a woman in Fife by pulling her to the ground by her hair, may need psychological help.

Dewar is to be supervised for three years following his release from jail.

Offensive pattern

At the High Court in Edinburgh judge Lord Bannatyne said: "You are assessed as being at high risk of re-offending.

"The offences to which you have been convicted of show an offensive pattern of behaviour.

"Your offending is very significant and can only be dealt by the imposition of a custodial sentence."

Dewar, a prisoner of HMP Saughton, was convicted last month following an eight-day-trial at the High Court in Livingston.

Sentence had been deferred until Friday for character reports.

The jury heard evidence that Dewar, originally of Lochgelly, Fife, started attacking women in February 1998 and continued until last year.

The court heard Dewar abused his victims by spitting on them, calling them derogatory names and throttling them.

None of the women can be identified for legal reasons.

'Unhappy relationship'

During the trial, one of Dewar's victims told the court how she had been raped by Dewar when he was drunk.

He also threatened to set one of his victims on fire.

During another attack, Dewar threatened to set fire to another woman by pouring alcohol on the ground and threatening to ignite it before grabbing her by the throat and strangling her.

He pushed another woman down a flight of stairs before throttling her.

On Friday defence advocate Ronnie Renucci told Lord Bannatyne his client still maintained his innocence.

Mr Renucci also told the court Dewar had mental health problems.

He added: "He accepts that a substantial custodial disposal is inevitable.

"He had an unhappy relationship with his mother and the things that he had witnessed as a child. He could benefit from counselling."

Lord Bannatyne also placed Dewar on the sex offenders register for life.

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