A dad-of-11 brutally attacked a woman because he could not find a matching pair of socks, a court was told.
Nathan Pulman appeared at the High Court in Glasgow and admitted a catalogue of abuse against the 38-year-old woman at various locations including Laurencekirk, Fyvie, Stonehaven, Forres, and Elgin over a 10-year period.
The 42-year-old had previously been jailed for nine years in 2013 at Mold Crown court in Wales for violence against women.
Prosecutor Bill MacVicar said: “Repeated assaults were committed by the accused on the woman. On some of the occasions she was pregnant.”
After the beatings he would buy her teddy bears and flowers, but after a short period the violence would start up again.
Pulman seized her by the head, hair and body, and slapped, punched and kicked her during the attacks.
Mr MacVicar added: “She was struck on the head and body with belts, shoes, a dog chain, household items and garden implements.
“The beatings could be for any reason such as the accused not having a matching pair of socks.
“She was frequently made to stand outdoors in inclement weather, including snow, for lengthy periods of time without adequate clothing.
“Serious injuries including broken bones were inflicted and she is left with scars.”
The court heard that on one occasion she was made to sit in snow for a lengthy period while the accused shouted and swore at her.
Another time Pulman tied a rope to a beam and told her to put her head in the noose he had made and kill herself by stepping off a table.
In January 2006 she stood on an office chair with wheels and Pulman kicked away the chair.
She broke both wrists in the fall.
On another occasion Pulman lost his temper and threw a mug full force at the woman cutting her nose, left eyelid and left cheekbone.
Pulman admitted assaulting the woman to her permanent disfigurement.
His pleas of not guilty to other charges including sexually assaulting the woman were accepted by the Crown.
Pulman also admitted assaulting two children. Lord Matthews deferred sentence
on Pulman, who is in custody, until next month for background reports.