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Man accused of dangerous driving and damaging Parochial House wall to face Crown Court

A Bessbrook man accused of dangerous driving and damaging the wall of a Parochial House is to face Crown Court.

The 28-year-old appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Eoin Dean Lamb, of Lower Foughill Road, is charged with three counts of criminal damage and dangerous driving.

As the charges were read, it was heard that all of the offences were alleged to have occurred on June 30, of 2019.

On that date, the defendant is accused of driving dangerously on a road, namely the Village, Jonesborough.

Lamb is further alleged to have caused damage to a wall of the Parochial House in the village, to a wall of a neighbouring property and to a lorry and trailer.

Appearing via videolink from Maghaberry 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 prima facie case to answer.

Defence barrister Bobbie Rea made no contrary submissions.

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

Lamb was remanded in custody to appear before Newry Crown Court on September 7 for arraignment.

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