A SAUCHIE man has admitted abusing his former partner and subjecting her to a shocking catalogue of attacks, including strangulation and beating her unconscious.

James Brand, 48, pleaded guilty to two amended charges at Stirling Sheriff Court on Monday, January 7.

One charge stated on various occasions between March 6 and 8, 2015, in Alloa, Brand "abducted" the woman by locking her in a property, retaining the keys and refusing to let her leave.

The same charge detailed that he repeatedly assaulted her during that period, and at one point punched her repeatedly on the head until she was unconscious.

The second charge Brand admitted detailed a sickening number of assaults committed against the woman at an address in Alloa between September 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017.

The offences included the accused repeatedly seizing her by the body and throat, restricting her breathing.

Brand also lifted and dropped her, causing her to strike a bucket of water – the contents of which he then poured over her face causing her to struggle to breathe.

The woman was also pinned down by her throat and Brand emptied the contents of a paint tin over her head and body.

Brand pleaded not guilty to two other offences, which was accepted by the Crown.

They included one charge of threatening and abusive behaviour against the same woman.

The other was a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice by uttering threats towards her and demanding she withdraw the criminal complaint made against him.

Sheriff William Gilchrist deferred sentencing to allow for background Criminal Justice Social Work reports to be prepared for the court.

Brand, of Main Street, will appear again on February 6 and his bail was continued until then.