A Co Armagh man accused of making and possessing indecent images of children is to face Crown Court proceedings later this month.
The 51-year-old appeared before Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.
John Broderick, of Battleford Road, is charged with eight counts of making indecent photographs and one count of possessing indecent photographs.
As the charged were read, court heard that all of the offences were alleged to have been committed back in 2019.
The defendant is accused of making an indecent photograph of a child on eight occasions between August 20 and 21.
On October 3, Broderick is alleged to have had three indecent photographs of a child in his possession.
Appearing via videolink from his solicitor’s office, the defendant 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 Patrick Taggart made no contrary submissions.
District Judge Bernie Kelly, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released Broderick on continuing bail to appear before Newry Crown Court on December 21 for arraignment.