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Co Armagh men accused of 2019 New Year’s Eve assault to face Crown Court

The two - from Lurgan and Portadown - were released on bail

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Two Co Armagh men who are accused of assaulting another male back on New Year’s Eve 2019 will face Crown Court proceedings later this month.

The pair appeared at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Mark Charles Liggett, of Ballyoran Hill in Portadown, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Meanwhile, Scott Kenneth Draper, with an address of Union Street in Lurgan, faces a charge of common assault.

As the charges were read, court heard that both offences were alleged to have occurred on December 31, of 2019, and to have been committed upon the same alleged injured party.

With Draper appearing in court and Liggett via videolink from his solicitor’s office, both men 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 counsel made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Bernie Kelly, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released both defendants on their own bail of £500 to appear at Craigavon Crown Court on May 4.

Conditions of bail included; not to have any contact with the alleged injured party in the case, not to enter licensed premises and not to consume alcohol.

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