A MAN accused of beating his partner's brother with a hammer and intimidation will stand trial in September.

Callum Hauxwell, of Crookhall Walk, Stockton, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on a live video-link from Durham Prison.

The 23-year-old denied charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, common assault and two counts of witness intimidation in February and March this year.

A trial date of September 2 was set by Judge Sean Morris.

Lawyers said the case is expected to last for at least three days.

The alleged victim has autism and learning disabilities, prosecutor Emma Atkinson told the court, and will probably need an intermediary when he is called to give his evidence during the trial.