Man sentenced to four years for domestic abuse

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A man responsible for a series of domestic abuse offences against two women has been jailed.

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Steven Douglas was found guilty at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Thursday, April 6, after a trial of two offences. He pled guilty to another offence.

These offences included domestic assault and abduction. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

Detectives from the Fife Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit began to investigate Douglas in 2014 after it was identified that he was a serial offender in violent crimes against women.

During their engagement with a number of partner agencies, both women disclosed that they were the victims of a number of offences committed by Douglas between 1989 and 2001. The majority of which took place in Kirkcaldy.

Detective Inspector Graeme Dursley of the Fife Division Criminal Investigation Department said: “The suffering that that Douglas inflicted on his victims over a sustained period of time is deplorable and his arrest came as a result of a thorough police investigation.

“However, I believe that if the women he abused hadn’t been brave enough to give evidence against him then we would not have been able to secure a conviction.

“I would like to thank each of these individuals for all of their assistance and support throughout our enquiries and the subsequent court trial and I hope that they can take some comfort following today’s sentence and begin to move forward with their lives.

“Police Scotland is wholly committed to tackling all cases of domestic abuse that are reported and other associated violent offences. We will continue to work alongside our partners at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in order to bring relevant offenders to justice.”