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Man accused of GBH and setting fire to alleged victim’s sofa and duvet to go before Crown Court

The Hamiltonsbawn man is due back in court in July

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A Hamiltonsbawn man accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and arson will face Crown Court proceedings later this summer.

The 36-year-old is alleged to have set alight a sofa and a duvet, which belonged to the same male he is accused of assaulting.

William James Harbinson, of Drumorgan Manor, appeared charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, arson endangering life with intent, arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered and theft at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

All the offences are alleged to have occurred on January 12 of this year.

The alleged arson is in reference to a sofa and duvet which the defendant is accused of setting alight.

He is also alleged to have stolen a mobile phone.

Standing in the dock, Harbinson made no objection to the holding of a preliminary enquiry.

Prosecution stated that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer.

Defence counsel made no contrary submissions to this.

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on July 9 for arraignment.

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