A serial abuser with a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality has been jailed for 38 months.
Nathan Pulman admitted a catalogue of brutal and chilling assaults on his 38-year-old victim over a 10-year period, including occasions in Perthshire.
On one occasion, the father-of-11 attacked the woman because he could not find a matching pair of socks. On another, he made a noose and ordered her to hang herself.
The abuse happened in Kinloch Rannoch and Perth, as well as Inverness and parts of Aberdeenshire.
The woman was left scarred for life after years of abuse. She was even assaulted in Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin, as she waited for surgery while she was pregnant.
Glasgow High Court heard that, at a house in Kinloch Rannoch, Pulman began shouting that there was washing to be done. When the woman tried to pick up the laundry, he punched and kicked her.
One blow caused her nose to bleed. She had to have an operation and spent three days in hospital.
Pulman, 42, had previously been jailed for nine years in 2013 at Mold Crown court in Wales for violence against women.
Following his sentencing, Police Scotland praised the courage of Pulman’s victim.
Detective Inspector Muriel Fuller, who is part of the force’s Domestic Abuse Task Force, said: “Pulman controlled and offended against his victim over more than a decade, subjecting her to serious and prolonged abuse.
“I would like to commend the victim for her bravery and for the assistance throughout this enquiry and the subsequent legal proceedings.
“Her courage means that Pulman must now face the consequence of his cruelty.”
She added: “His conviction and sentence should send out a clear message that Police Scotland will robustly and sensitively investigate domestic abuse related crime.”
The woman described Pulman as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character and said he would regularly accuse her of lying and then become angrier when she denied this, and assault her.
After the beatings he would buy her teddy bears and flowers, but after a short period the violence would start up again.
The court heard that on one occasion she was made to sit in snow for a lengthy period while the accused shouted and swore at her. She was eventually let back in to make his evening meal.
Another time Pulman tied a rope to a beam and told her to put her head in the noose he had made and kill herself by stepping off a table. He then told her not to do it.
When his boots went missing Pulman blamed the woman and slapped her twice across the face and kicked her legs repeatedly.
In January 2006, he kicked away a chair she was standing on, and she broke both wrists in the fall.
Pulman admitted assaulting the woman to her permanent disfigurement. He also admitted assaulting two children.
His pleas of not guilty to other charges, including sexually assaulting the woman, were accepted by the Crown.