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Man accused of burglary and theft in Portadown to face Crown Court

He is accused of breaking into a house and stealing a Bank of Ireland visa debit card and £300 in cash

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A man accused of burgling a property in Portadown will face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

The 27-year-old appeared at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Ibrahim Braima Sanha, of Garvaghy Road in Portadown, is charged with burglary and theft.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the offences were alleged to have occurred on August 11, of 2020.

The defendant is accused of entering as a trespasser a dwelling on Ballyoran Park, Portadown, stealing a Bank of Ireland visa debit card therein. Sanha is further alleged to have stolen £300 in cash.

Appearing in court, the defendant 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 Aaron Thompson made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Bernie Kelly, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released the defendant on continuing bail to appear at Craigavon Crown Court on April 5.

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