A Dundee man accused of raping three women threw a knife at one of his alleged victims while she cradled her baby, a court has heard.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told jurors how Dean Martin, 35, “just missed” when he hurled the blade at her.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard the woman say that Martin had also repeatedly raped her and subjected her to physical attacks.
She told advocate depute Jim Keegan, prosecuting, about the treatment she allegedly received at the hands of Mr Martin.
She said: “I had my baby in my hands.
‘He threw it at us and it just missed.”
The woman, also of Dundee, was the first witness in the case against Martin, who lives in the city’s St Boswells Terrace.
He denies charges of rape, assault, and sexual assault.
He also denies a charge of breaching a court bail order on March 25 by approaching the woman and shouting at her in a Dundee street.
The woman also told the court that she was raped and indecently assaulted by Martin.
She said that if she didn’t agree to have sex with Martin, he would physically abuse her.
She said: “If I didn’t give him what he wanted, I would get hurt for it.”
Jurors had earlier heard the contents of a legal document which details a total of nine charges against Martin.
Prosecutors claim that on an occasion between 2005 and 2006, at an address in Dundee, Martin raped a woman who was “under the influence of alcohol and controlled drugs.”
The Crown also alleges that between 2007 and 2010, at various locations in Dundee, Martin physically assaulted, indecently assaulted, and repeatedly raped the woman.
The Crown also claims that between 2009 and 2010, Martin indecently assaulted another woman at a house in Dundee who was “under the influence of alcohol and asleep”. It’s alleged the woman “was incapable of giving or withholding her consent” at the time of the alleged assault.
Prosecutors also claim that in 2017, Martin raped and physically assaulted another woman at a location in Dundee.
Martin, whose counsel is solicitor-advocate Chris Fyffe, has pleaded not guilty and has lodged special defences of consent to the sexual assault allegations.
The trial, before judge Lord Boyd, continues.