A MAN struck his naked lover several times with a towel because he claimed she was not helping to clean the house, a court was told today.

Stephen Keevins, 32, admitted a series of assaults on the woman between December 2016 and January 2018.

This included pushing her, causing her to partially fall down a flight of stairs.

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Keevins also grabbed the woman and compressed her neck on various occasions, including after attending a family memorial to her dead cousin.

In August 2017 the woman got out the shower and was confronted by an irate Keevins, who told her she was not helping enough with housework.

Prosecutor Mark Allan said: “He stated that she was not helping to clean the house and that she was "ripping the p***".

“He pushed her to the floor, ripped the towel from around her leaving her naked.

“He then struck her several times on the body full force with the towel and shouted that she was a ‘slut’ as he did so. This left her feeling degraded and helpless.”

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The court was told the woman described Keevins as “controlling” and said he would repeatedly demand to know her whereabouts and interrogate her about her social media.

Keevins pleaded guilty today at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assaulting the woman at Gleniffer Road, Paisley, and Richmond Park Gardens, Glasgow.

He also admitted attacks on another former lover between 2008 and 2016 at a house in Gleniffer Road, Paisley.

The court heard Keevins, of Paisley, and the first woman were together for 16 months.

Keevins was raging in December 2016 when the woman made a joke about having another boyfriend.

He called her a “slut” before dragging her out of bed and across the floor leaving her in an “emotional state.”

Keevins baked her two cakes which unknown to her contained cannabis.

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Mr Allan said: “She didn’t know that she was acting under the effects of it and felt sick, queasy and scared she was going to die.”

The court was also told Keevins also assaulted his other previous lover on a frequent basis throughout their nine-year relationship.

Mr Allan said: "The attacks included grabbing her hair, seizing her neck and pushing and pulling her around.”

Defence counsel, Lorraine Glancy, told the court Keevins, a service engineer for a fire pump company, married another woman last November.

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports by Sheriff Alan Mackenzie who continued Keevins’ bail meantime.