A DOMESTIC abuser who called his ex-partner 'Fenian scum' has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work.

Peter Muir also appeared before Dunfermline Sheriff Court for 'squeezing' another former partner's throat on multiple occasions.

Defence solicitor, Stephen Morrison, said it was clear that Mr Muir needed to be "educated" about how to act in a domestic relationship and asked that the Court provide him with help.

Muir, 60, of Drylie Street, Cowdenbeath previously admitted that on various occasions between October 6, 2010 and December 31, 2012, at an address in Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath and elsewhere in Fife, he did behave in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm in that he did utter offensive remarks to wards his then partner, in respect of her religion.

Also, on various occasions between January 1, 2013 and May 11, 2015, at an address in Lochgelly, he did assault his then partner and did seize her by the throat and compress same and on one occasion punch her on the face to her injury.

The Court heard that Mr Muir referred to his partner as 'Fenian scum'.

In a separate relationship the complainer was lying in bed and Muir grabbed her by the throat and squeezed for no reason.

The behaviour was repeated on several occasions throughout the relationship where the accused would choke the complainer by grabbing her by the throat when they were in bed.

On one occasion Muir and his partner was lying in bed when an argument began between them and he punched the woman in the face causing her nose to bleed.

Mr Morrison said: "Mr Muir accepts that these things did happen. He cannot remember them, and he clearly has a significant problem with binge drinking.

"He is ashamed and embarrassed about these incidents.

"He has a problem trying to accept that he is alcohol dependent because he does not need a drink every day.

"But he does accept that he is a binge drinker.

"I have explained to him that if he cannot remember what he was doing then does have a problem with alcohol.

"In his words he told me he would buck up his ideas if a new order was imposed."

Sheriff Craig McSherry sentenced Muir with a community payback order with 150 hours of unpaid work and 24 months of supervision.