A CLYDEBANK man who attacked his terrified partner bed-ridden, with long-term multiple sclerosis, was branded as being “cruel and wicked” by a sheriff.

Ryan Rafferty pleaded guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week and Sheriff William Gallacher said the 36-year-old had the largest number of domestic aggravations he had ever seen.

He admitted assaulting his partner at a house in Faifley Road, on January 25. The court heard how he attacked her knowing that she was bed-ridden suffering from MS for 14 years.

Prosecutor Joanne Gilmour told the court that Rafferty seized her by the face and neck. He also admitted breaking a court order banning him from approaching his ex-partner when he contacted her on May 17.

Ms Gilmour said: “The woman has suffered from multiple sclerosis for the past 14 years, with her condition deteriorating since 2017 which has required her to receive round-the-clock care as she is bed-ridden.

“On this particular day an argument developed and Rafferty grabbed her by the mouth and the front of her neck. She told him that she would get their daughter to call the police.

“At 6.50pm the daughter arrived back and found her mother crying and there was redness to her cheeks and neck.”

Defence lawyer Scott Adair said: “He has a lengthy record of domestic offences. Prison has been like a revolving door for him since 2009. He has been in and out of custody.

“There has never been any chance to address his alcohol or drugs problems or to undergo a domestic abuse programme. I would ask that a report be called for and assess him as to his suitability to go on the Pair Programme.

“He understands the position he is in given his previous convictions.

“He realises what ­alcohol has done to him.”

The Crown accepted not guilty pleas to other offences alleged to have taken place on May 17.

Sheriff William Gallacher told Rafferty: “This is the largest number of domestic aggravations in your previous convictions that I have ever seen placed before me.

“Your behaviour is a matter of great sadness. What you did to your partner was an act of cruelty and wickedness. You have a total disrespect for other people. I will call for a report but it will be a lengthy custodial sentence.”

Sentence was deferred on Rafferty until October 23. He was remanded in custody.