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Man accused of entering Tandragee store with intent to steal and damaging ATM to face Crown Court

A man accused of entering a store with intent to steal and damaging an ATM will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

The 51-year-old appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry on Tuesday, for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Marek Skalski, of Henry Street in Newry, is charged with burglary with intent to steal and criminal damage.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the defendant is alleged to committed these offences on December 20, of 2019.

Skalski is accused of entering as a trespasser a Spar store on Church Street in Tandragee with intent to steal therein, he is further alleged to damaged an ATM.

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 counsel made no contrary submissions.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer.

Skalski was released on his own bail of £750 to appear before Newry Crown Court on May 18 for arraignment.

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