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Man accused of assaulting female occasioning actual bodily harm to face Crown Court

He is also alleged to have damaged a metal clothes horse and a glass vase belonging to the same female

Armagh Magistrates Court

A man who is accused of assaulting a woman occasioning her actual bodily harm will face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

It was heard that the 33-year-old is also alleged to have damaged a metal clothes horse and a glass vase belonging to the same female.

John Ryan McCarthy, with an address at Maghaberry Prison, appeared charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of criminal damage at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry.

As the charges were read, it was heard that all of the alleged offences are said to have occurred on June 2, of this year.

They all relate to the same alleged injured party, with the criminal damage allegations referring to a metal clothes horse and a glass vase.

Appearing via videolink from Maghaberry prison, McCarthy 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 barrister Conor Lunny made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Eamonn King said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer.

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear before Newry Crown Court on December 8 for arraignment.

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