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Man accused of burgling houses in Lurgan and Craigavon to face Crown Court

He is also accused of stealing a wallet, car keys, clothing, a handbag and contents, electric pedal cycle and cordless tyre inflator from the two properties

Craigavon Courthouse

A man accused of burgling two residential properties on the same day will face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

The 30-year-old 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.

Ryan Robert Anderson, of Bank Street in Belfast, is charged with two counts of burglary on a dwelling.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the offences were alleged to have been committed by the defendant on July 13, of last year.

Anderson is accused of entering as a trespasser a dwelling at an address at Hillcrest in Craigavon, stealing a wallet, car keys, clothing and a handbag along with its contents.

The defendant is further alleged to have entered a dwelling in Cypress Gardens, Lurgan, as a trespasser, stealing an electric pedal cycle and a cordless tyre inflator.

Appearing via videolink from Maghaberry, 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, remanded the defendant in custody to appear at Craigavon Crown Court on May 12.

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