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Man accused of arson on car with intention of intimidating female to face Crown Court

The defendant was released on continuing bail to appear before Newry Crown Court in November

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A man who is accused of setting fire to a car with the intention of intimidation will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

The 37-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.

Dainis Bebris, of Granville Road in Portadown, is charged with arson and intimidation of a witness.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the offences were alleged to have been committed on February 24, of this year.

Bebris is accused of without lawful excuse destroying or damaging by fire certain property, namely a Mercedes C22020.

The defendant is also alleged to have, through this same act, intended to intimidate a female.

Appearing in the dock, Bebris 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 John McCann 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 before Newry Crown Court on November 16 for arraignment.

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