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Man accused of causing grievous bodily harm in 2014 to face Crown Court

He was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before Newry Crown Court in May

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A man accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm upon another back in 2014 will face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

The 33-year-old appeared at 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.

Artutas Buta, of St Patrick’s Park in the city, is charged with grievous bodily harm and affray.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the defendant is alleged to committed these offences on November 9, of 2014.

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 Matthew Higgins made no contrary submissions.

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

Buta was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before Newry Crown Court on May 13 for arraignment.

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