A MAN who carried out shocking assaults against two women he was in a relationship with has been handed a lengthy jail sentence.

Dale McMillan has been imprisoned for four years and told he will be supervised for a further three years following his release after being sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week.

McMillan, who comes from Musselburgh, was also handed two non-harassment orders banning him from having any contact with both victims for the next 10 years.

The 29-year-old attacked the first woman by punching her to the head and body and, on one occasion, forcing her to the floor and refusing to allow her to get up.

He also held a glass to her throat and threatened to kill her and, during a separate attack, he seized her by the throat and compressed her neck in such a way that her breathing was restricted.

McMillan also demanded the victim withdraw her statements to the police and offered her money not to go to court and give evidence against him.

All the abuse against the woman took place at an address in Corstorphine between June 1, 2020, and March 25, 2022.

The second victim was also in a relationship with McMillan when he carried out brutal attacks on her at a home in Duns between October 1, 2022, and September 13 last year.

On various occasions, McMillan repeatedly uttered threats of violence towards the woman and assaulted her by repeatedly striking her to the head and body.

He also seized the victim by the neck, pushed her on the body and refused to leave her home when she requested him to do so.

The court was previously told of one violent assault that saw McMillan force the woman onto a bed, sit astride her and restrict her movements. He then forcibly compressed the woman’s neck with both his hands and restricted her breathing.

The abuse continued by McMillan taking money from the woman’s bank account without her consent and repeatedly breaching his bail conditions by demanding she meet up with him.

Again, McMillan also attempted to force the woman not to give evidence against him in court and court papers state that he coached her on how this could be done.

All the assaults on the woman were to her injury and danger to her life.

McMillan appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court from custody on April 11, where he pleaded guilty to two amended charges contrary to the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2016 Section 1. He returned to the dock from custody last week, where Sheriff Alistair Noble handed out a lengthy custodial sentence of four years, with a further three years’ supervision following his release.