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Keady man in court accused of making false statement to police that his home had been burgled

The defendant confirmed that he understood the charges against him

Armagh Magistrates Court

A Keady man has appeared in court accused of making a false statement to police and perverting the course of justice by reporting that his home had been burgled.

The 24-year-old is also accused of committing a number of driving offences which include failing to stop for police.

Francis McCaughey, of Fairgreen Park, appeared charged with perverting the course of justice, wasting police time, failing to stop for police, failing to stop, failing to remain, failing to report an accident and dangerous driving at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

As the charges were read, it was heard the defendant was alleged to have made a report of a burglary on his home on November 9, of last year.

On that same date, McCaughey is accused of making a false statement to police.

The driving offences are also alleged to have occurred on November 9 at the Armagh Road/Keady Road junction in Newtownhamilton.

Standing in the dock, the defendant confirmed that he understood the charges against him.

Defence solicitor Cormac McDonnell made no questions to the connection.

Prosecution made an unopposed application for a six week adjournment for an update on the full file or possible decision.

McCaughey was released on continuing bail and was advised to return to court on February 25.

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