A MAN appeared in court accused of beating a woman on Boxing Day.

Kenneth Durning, 35, was arrested on January 30 and charged with three counts of assault by beating, one count of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship and one count of intimidation of a witness or juror.

The charges are in connection with incidents in Reading between 1 December 2016 and 30 January 2018.

Durning was remanded in custody to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court on January 31.

He will now appear at Reading Crown Court on 5 March.