Man accused of battering pregnant woman with pole

A man is to stand trial accused of battering a pregnant woman with a pole by striking her with it on her body.

Michael Dunn is accused of attacking Joanne Dunn, then three months pregnant, at an address in Dundee's Dunholm Road.

It is alleged that Mr Dunn, of Bridgend Street, Dundee, repeatedly struck her on the body with a metal pole on 17 August.

Mr Dunn pleaded not guilty to six charges at Dundee Sheriff Court.

The court heard that the 48-year-old is also accused of "wilfully or recklessly" destroying property.

He faces charges of breaking two TV sets, four cups, a mobile phone and a Katana ninja sword with the pole before damaging a door frame at the address.

Further charges allege that, on the same day in Bridgend Street, he damaged a car bonnet and window with a metal bar, assaulted Gary Sinclair with a metal bar and was in possession of an offensive weapon.

Sheriff George Way ordered Mr Dunn to stand trial across two days later this month.

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