A man accused of having an imitation mauser handgun and beating a woman in Newport has pleaded not guilty.
Sam Richie is accused of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence and assault by beating Seraphina Kay in a domestic incident on September 9 in Lugley Street, Newport.
The court heard Mr Richie plead not guilty to both charges and he will now be sent for trial on April 1, 2019.
The defendant was bailed conditionally with Judge Melville QC setting conditions that he should not contact Miss Kay or attend her address.
Mr Ritchie will have to prepare a case for his defence and four witnesses will be called including Miss Kay, her mother, and two police officers who are connected with the case.