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Man accused of attempting to rob Armagh takeaway to face Crown Court

He is is charged with attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, wounding and common assault at Gringos at Killylea Road, Armagh

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A man accused of attempting to rob an Armagh takeaway will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

The 33-year-old appeared before Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Sean Paul O’Callaghan, of William Street in Portadown, is charged with attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, wounding and common assault.

As the charges were read, court heard that all of these offences were alleged to have occurred on August 15, of last year.

The defendant is accused of attempting to rob a male of cash and to have wounded the same person.

O’Callaghan is further alleged to have assaulted another individual and to have been in possession of a knife with intent to commit an indictable offence.

None of the facts in the case were heard but these charges relate to an incident on August 15 at Gringos on the Killylea Road, Armagh.

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 solicitor Cathal Kelly  made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Bernie Kelly, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released O’Callaghan on continuing bail to appear before Newry Crown Court on March 1 for arraignment.

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