A CAR dealer has appeared in court accused of assaulting his wife.

Richard Burbage appeared in court briefly yesterday charged with assaulting Lorraine Burbage.

The 41-year-old spoke during the hearing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court only to confirm his name, age and address, and to plead not guilty to the charge.

In court, prosecutors said that the alleged assault happened in Hedge End on November 30.

Mr Burbage, of Thyme Avenue in Whiteley, will appear for trial at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on February 27.