Man in court over attack on girlfriend

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A MAN accused of attacking his girlfriend will have his case heard at crown court.

Darren Read was at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court facing a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. The 32-year-old did not enter a plea.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told the court that the allegations were so serious, the case should be heard at Newcastle Crown Court.

Read, of Osbourne Road, Fulwell, will appear in Newcastle on Thursday. He was granted bail on the conditions he does not contact the prosecution witness or go into the south of Sunderland.