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Cardigan man on coercion charge

A MAN from Blaenffos near Cardigan is to stand trial accused of coercion.

The 45-year-old man attended a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Paul Thomas at Swansea Crown Court.

He is charged with using controlling and coercive behaviour towards his partner while in an intimate relationship.

Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said the behaviour included isolating his partner, sending her abusive messages, sending her 91 unwanted messages and forcing her to stop accessing Facebook.

He is also charged with assaulting his partner by beating on four occasions between January and April, and of assaulting her on April 25 causing her actual bodily harm.

The man is also charged with kidnapping her on April 25 by refusing to let her out of his car.

He entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges.

A three day trial will begin on September 20 and he as granted bail until then.

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