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Man who perverted course of justice by reporting burglary at his home to face Crown Court

Armagh Magistrates Court

A Keady man who perverted the course of justice by making a report of burglary at his home will face Crown Court proceedings in December.

It was heard, that the 25-year-old is also alleged to have driven dangerously on the Armagh Road – Keady Road junction, Newtownhamilton, on the same date.

Francis Brendan McCaughey, of Fairgreen park, appeared charged with perverting the course of justice and dangerous driving at Armagh Magistrates’, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

As the charges were read out, it was outlined that all of the alleged offences occurred on November 9, of last year.

The defendant is accused of perverting the course of justice by reporting a burglary at his home, with the allegation of dangerous driving said to have occurred on the Armagh Road – Keady Road junction, Newtownhamilton.

Appearing via videolink from his solicitor’s office, McCaughey 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 solicitor Colleen McCreesh made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Eamonn King said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer.

The defendant was released on continuing bail to appear before Newry Crown Court on December 12 for arraignment.

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