Alleged victim tells court of rape, bite and strangle hell

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An alleged victim of a man accused of trying to murder three pregnant women told a court she was raped, bitten and repeatedly strangled by him.

The 20-year-old also claimed that James Paterson, 23, kicked her in the stomach when she was expecting a baby.

She said she still has Paterson’s teeth marks in her arm after he bit her more than two years ago.

Paterson is on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen accused of trying to kill the women. It is further claimed he raped two of them and attacked two newborn babies at addresses in Fife and Edinburgh.

The woman, who was questioned from behind a screen, said: “He locked me in the house because he didn’t want me to go anywhere. He took my phone so I couldn’t phone anybody. He said it wasn’t up to me and he could have whatever he wanted.”

Paterson, of Lochgelly, Fife, denies all 11 charges against him. The trial continues.