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Man accused of three counts of human trafficking appears in court

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A Dromore man has appeared in court accused of three counts of human trafficking.

Martin Heaney, 57 and from Maypole Park, appeared in the dock at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.

The offences are alleged to have been committed on October 31, 2017, January 30, 2018 and 1 December 2018.

Heaney is also accused of acquiring criminal property – namely £139,772 – on September 30 this year, paying for sexual services on dates between 1 June 2015 and 1 September this year, and having “kept or managed or acted in the management of or assisted in the management of a brothel” on 14 August this year.

None of the facts surrounding the allegations were heard at this stage.

A PSNI constable said he believed he could connect Heaney to the charges.

District Judge Amanda Brady remanded him into custody, to appear via videolink at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on October 25.

Two men, aged 45 and 46, arrested on Tuesday by detectives in PSNI’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit, have been released pending a report to the PPS.

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