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Man accused of dangerous driving and receiving stolen licence plates to face Crown Court

He was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on February 16 for arraignment

A Co Tyrone man who is accused of dangerous driving and receiving stolen licence plates will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

The 25-year-old appeared at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Adam Acheson, of Baronscourt Road in Drumquin, is charged with driving whilst disqualified, taking a vehicle without authority, two counts of receiving stolen goods and dangerous driving.

As these charges were read, it was heard that all of the offences are alleged to have occurred on September 7 and 8, of last year.

On September 7, the defendant is accused of taking a vehicle, namely a BMW 3 Series, without the consent of the owner.

The following day, Acheson is accused of driving whilst disqualified at Thornlea, Omagh, and driving dangerously on the Belfast dual carriageway.

On the same date, he is also alleged to have received stolen licence plates.

Appearing in court, the accused 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 Blaine Nugent‏ made no contrary submissions.

Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer and the defendant was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on February 16 for arraignment.

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