A MAN has been charged with breaking in to a flat and attacking a woman.

Joseph McGowan, 28, is accused of seizing the alleged victim's hair and repeatedly kicking, punching and stamping on her head and body.

Prosecutors say that McGowan also bit the woman on her head whilst acting with another man.

He was on bail regarding another criminal matter at the time of the alleged incident in Port Glasgow on September 28.

McGowan, of the town's Ardmore Road, made no plea through lawyer Aidan Gallagher during a private hearing on petition at Greenock Sheriff Court.

He was allowed bail, with the case being continued for further examination to a date yet to be confirmed.