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Armagh man accused of numerous high-value cash thefts to face Crown Court

An Armagh man accused of a litany of high-value cash thefts is to face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

Christopher Withers, (54), of Legar Hill Park, 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.

He appeared via video-link from his solicitor’s office, charged with seven counts of theft, and made no objection to the holding of a preliminary enquiry.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between March 23, 2021 and August 18, 2021 and involved seven instances of theft, with the largest being a sum of £29,710.

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

Defence counsel 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 on September 8 for arraignment.

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