A KELTY man was found guilty of causing his partner considerable distress over a period of six years of what was described as 'gross' abuse.

Ewan McDowall has been jailed for 34 months after being found guilty of a campaign which saw him lock his victim in a flat, threaten her and her family and repeatedly beat her.

McDowall had denied charges at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court but was found guilty.

The 41-year-old repeatedly threatened the woman with violence and sent abusive and derogatory remarks by text message, on the phone and via email.

He also slashed furniture in a house on Bluebell Grove, Kelty, with a knife and threw household items.

The trial heard that the domestic abuse escalated and during December 2016, McDowall abducted the woman by locking her in a house.

He held her against her will before launching an assault where he punched and struck her on the head and body before brandishing a knife.

Between February 15 and 16 last year, he made repeated phone calls to the woman’s family members and left threatening messages.

McDowall went to the woman’s work at a primary school and searched through her desk before sending her threatening emails.

A defence agent told the court his client had run a joinery company before his arrest.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Alistair Thornton said he found the level of abuse directed towards the woman as “gross and grotesque” and said prison was the only option.

McDowall was also made subject to a non-harassment order which bans him from contacting or approaching his victim for five years after his release.