A MULTIMILLIONAIRE financial expert has been banned from entering Dunfermline after being accused of trying to force a woman to have an abortion.

Mark Emlick was banned from entering the Fife town after he appeared in the dock at Perth ­Sheriff Court yesterday.

Mr Emlick, 51, was arrested in connection with an allegation of threatening and abusive behaviour and spent the night in police cells before appearing from custody.

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He denied the charge against him and was granted bail on the condition that he does not enter Dunfermline before the conclusion of the case.

Mr Emlick, 51, of Edinburgh, was also barred from approaching the woman as a further special ­condition of bail and is due to stand trial at the court in May this year.

The property investor is alleged to have behaved in a ­threatening or abusive manner at an address in Kinross on February 8 this year.

It is alleged he acted in a manner likely to cause fear and alarm to a reasonable person by threatening the woman and trying to force her to abort a baby.

It is alleged his actions placed her in a state of fear and alarm by threatening to "make her life a misery". Mr Emlick denied the charge.

According to his web profile, Mr Emlick "has accrued more than 25 years worth of ­experience in both private and corporate financial advisory sectors, in addition to property portfolio acquisition and management." He set up ­Edinburgh-based Dunedin Independent plc and helped it become one of the country's largest private ­financial advisory firms with more than £350 million pounds under management.

It is understood he sold that firm to a Zurich-based company in 2010 for a sum in the region of £4m.

He then helped to found ­Consensus Capital plc, where he is currently listed as the CEO, and was co-founder and chairman of Strategic Investment Management Ltd.

Consensus Capital plc was launched in 2010 and is a specialist real estate and private equity and asset management company.

The company currently boasts that it is managing a combined real estate and private equity ­portfolio in excess of £200m.

Last year, the company announced that it was launching a £50m fund to convert offices into social housing.

The Edinburgh-based ­investment firm is aiming to work on 25 developments over the next two years, providing about 1200 homes.

The company's first project was launched in Perth, where it was hired to convert a former office block at Water Vennel into 18 flats for Caledonia Housing Association.

A second project, on ­Edinburgh's Lochend Road, has also received planning permission and the firm is looking at sites in Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Manchester.

In 2009, Mr Emlick was awarded more than £1m in damages and costs against a Dubai newspaper after it wrongly said he had deceived Middle East investors.

He won his claim for defamation against Gulf News in the High Court in London.