Glasgow man admits violence against five women
A man has admitted a catalogue of domestic abuse against five women over 26 years.
In one incident, Robert Penman, 55, hit a woman so hard with a piece of wood that it snapped in two.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the victim's young son witnessed the attack and remembered his mother "pleading for her life".
Penman was remanded in custody after he pled guilty to five charges of assault to injury.
They related to incidents between 1986 and 2012, at various addresses in Glasgow.
An investigation into Penman's violent past was triggered when one of his victims reported him to police.
Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC told him he was guilty of a "dreadful catalogue of significant violent offending against vulnerable persons".
The court heard that Penman told one of his ex-partners that she was not allowed to socialise without him.
Penman, of Glasgow, assaulted her two or three times a week.
Another woman took her children to a homeless shelter after he smacked her as she helped him change a hospital dressing.
Defence counsel Matthew Jackson said his client was a "contrite individual" who was a different person from the one described in the court.
Sheriff Johnston deferred sentence on Penman until next month and remanded him in custody.