The case of a Watford man accused of beating a witness and pressuring her to withdraw a statement is set to be heard in crown court.

Thomas Burgoyne, of Bramble Close, appeared at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Friday, May 10, over several alleged offences in St Albans.

The 28-year-old admitted breaching his bail conditions by contacting the woman, and was charged with common assault against her on May 7 and intimidating her as a witness of a previous incident between April 22 and May 8.

Burgoyne did not enter a plea for these charges and was remanded into custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at St Albans Crown Court on June 11.

He did however plead guilty to a range of offences committed on May 8 while on bail, including three counts of beating police officers, one count of common assault by attempting to headbutt an officer and resisting a police constable in Hatfield and St Albans.

The 28-year-old also admitted beating a man and woman in St Albans, as well as criminal damage of a landline phone worth £40 belonging to the male victim, and damaging plant pots in Bricket Wood on the same day.

Burgoyne was jailed for 12 weeks and ordered to pay £600 compensation to the victims.