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Man to face Crown Court over theft allegation dating back two years

Defence informed the court that her client would not be in a position to perfect bail which had been granted in the sum of £500

A man has learned that he will face Crown Court proceedings over an alleged theft which dates back to July 2018.

The 52-year-old is alleged to have stolen a bag and assorted items to the value of £400 almost two years ago.

John Christopher Crowe, whose address was given as Maghaberry prison, appeared at Armagh Magistrates’, sitting at Lisburn, for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry, the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

As the charges were read out, it was outlined that all of the alleged offences occurred on July 31, 2018 and related to the theft of “a bag and assorted items to the value of £400”.

Appearing via videolink from prison, 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 case to answer.

Defence solicitor Louise Moley made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Mark McGarrity said that he was satisfied there was a case to answer.

Crowe was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before Newry Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

However, Ms Moley informed the court that her client would not be in a position to perfect this bail.

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