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Armagh man accused of attempting to steal police handgun and assaulting officer

He was freed on his own bail to appear before Newry Crown Court for arraignment next month

An Armagh man accused of attempting to steal a police handgun, damaging a police car and assaulting an officer is to face the Crown Court.

Richard Corr, of Hill Street, appeared before Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry Courthouse on Tuesday, for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE) – the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

The 48-year-old appeared in court charged with attempted possession of a handgun, namely a PSNI issue Glock pistol, without a firearm certificate, attempted possession of a firearm with intent to cause another person to believe that unlawful violence would be used, assault on a police officer and attempted criminal damage of a vehicle belonging to the PSNI.

The offences are alleged to have occurred on October 31 of last year.

The defendant did not object to the holding of a preliminary enquiry (PE) and when asked did he wish to say anything in answer to the charges, he replied “no”.

Prosecution submitted that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer.

Defence made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Anne Marshall, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released the defendant on his own bail of £500, to appear at Newry Crown Court for arraignment on November 15.

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