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Woman accused of making three false allegations of assault to face Crown Court

The defendant was released on her own bail of £750 to appear before Newry Crown Court next month

Newry Courthouse

A south Armagh woman accused of making three false allegations of assault relating to the same male will face Crown Court proceedings.

Joanne Larkin, 38, of Killeavy Road, Newry appeared charged with three counts of perverting the course of justice at the city’s Magistrates’ Court.

As the charges were read out, it was outlined that the alleged offences occurred on October 31 and November 7, of last year, and February 19, of this year.

The defendant is accused of making false allegations on these dates of assault by a named male.

Appearing at the courthouse, Larkin 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 Stephen Campbell 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 her own bail of £750 to appear before Newry Crown Court on November 24 for arraignment.

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