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Brothers accused of burglary with intent to steal after ATM incident at Costcutter freed on bail

Court heard the brothers - aged 54 and 71 - have over 200 convictions between them

Armagh Courthouse

Two Co Armagh brothers have been freed on bail after an alleged incident at a Co Armagh shop.

Emmett McNally, 71, and his brother Francis, aged 54, both from the Craigavon area, are accused of entering as a trespasser a Costcutter store at Drumgor, Craigavon, with intent to steal.

The alleged offence occurred earlier today (Tuesday), August 10.

Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Newry, heard a police witness outline how police received a report at 2.30am from a private ATM company who had reported loud noises had been detected at the Costcutter store at Drumgor.

When police arrived they were allegedly located within that part of the building which houses the ATM.

Both were allegedly wearing balaclavas and gloves and had a crowbar and a metal-headed mallet.

Both were interviewed at Lurgan custody suite.

A policeman said in relation to the defendants they are brothers and reside near the location in Craigavon.

The police witness objected to bail on the grounds of fear of further reoffending.

The court heard Emmett McNally has 124 previous convictions includinig 76 for burglary and seven for theft, while Francis has 87 convictions, among them 28 for burglary and two for theft.

Defence for Emmett McNally, Mr Conor Downey, said there had been a marked tapering off in his record in the recent past. He said he did serve a period of time from memory several years ago and his health was not great, with concerns raised regarding his mental capacity.

He added: “I would submit that he is a suitable candidate for bail given his age.”

Defence for Francis McNally, said his personal circumstances were quite difficult and he had very serious “caring commitments” for his wife and granddaughter.

Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter said he was minded to grant both bail.

He freed each brother on their own bail of £500 with conditions they reside at their respective addresses and abide by a curfew, between 8pm and 8am. They are not permitted to enter any Costcutter store.

The accused are due back before Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on October 6.

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