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Man accused of aggravated burglary at Armagh hotel while armed with knife to face Crown Court

Defendant was remanded in custody to appear at Newry Crown Court on April 21

Charlemont Arms Armagh

An Armagh man who is accused of burgling the Charlemont Arms Hotel whilst armed with a knife will face the Crown Court next month.

Patrick O’Hara, 41, of Linenhall Street, appeared charged with possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, common assault, possession of a Class B drug, aggravated burglary and attempting to steal at the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

As the charges were read out, it was revealed that the offences were alleged to have occurred on September 23 at Charlemont Arms Hotel.

The defendant is accused of entering the premises as a trespasser armed with a knife.

Standing in the dock, O’Hara made no objection to the holding of a preliminary enquiry.

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

Defence counsel made no contrary submissions.

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear at Newry Crown Court on April 21 for arraignment.

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