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Man facing litany of offences including burglary and being unlawfully at large

Among the offences faced defendant is alleged to have burgled a property on Dundalk Street, Newtownhamilton, and stolen car keys

A man accused of a litany of offences including a burglary in Newtownhamilton has appeared in court.

No application for bail was made on behalf of the 39-year-old, with his barrister stating that his client’s licence had been recalled.

James Maughan, of Eskdale Gardens in Belfast, appeared facing nine charges at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

The accused is charged with burglary, possession of a bladed article, attempted theft of a vehicle, being unlawfully at large, theft, making off without paying, driving whilst disqualified, using a vehicle without insurance and aggravated taking and causing damage to a vehicle.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the defendant is alleged to have attempted to steal a vehicle on November 1.

On that date, he is also accused of stealing blocks and sticks to the value of £12.99 belonging to the Moy Road Filling Station and to have made off without paying for £58 worth of fuel from a filling station.

Maughan is alleged to have driven whilst disqualified and without insurance on November 1, and is accused of taking a Volkswagen Golf without permission on the same date.

The defendant is alleged to have burgled a property on Dundalk Street, Newtownhamilton, on November 2, stealing car keys therein.

On the same date and location, Maughan is also accused of being in possession of a bladed article, namely a knife.

It is also alleged that on April 30, having been sentenced to imprisonment, before the expiration of the term the defendant was unlawfully at large.

Appearing via videolink from police custody, Maughan confirmed that he understood the charges he faced.

A constable stated that he believed he could connect Maughan to the offences and informed the court that there had been no application for bail.

Defence barrister Kevin O’Hare confirmed this was the case stating that his client’s licence had been recalled.

District Judge Eamonn King adjourned the case until December 1 for an update.

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