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Craigavon duo accused of Tandragee burglary to face Crown Court

Armagh Magistrates' Court

Two Craigavon men accused of burgling a property in Tandragee will face the Crown Court in October.

David Braniff (28) and Martin Neil Ward (46) both appeared before Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry Courthouse, for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Braniff, of Moyraverty Centre, appeared before the Court via video-link from Magilligan, while Ward, of Moyraverty Court, appeared via video-link from Maghaberry.

The defendants are both accused of the charge of burglary and attempt to steal, with the offence aggravated by the possession of an offensive weapon, namely a pair of tin snips.

The incident was alleged to have occurred on November 5 2021 at a property on Ashtree Hill outside Tandragee.

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

Defence counsel made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Anne Marshall, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, remanded Braniff back into custody, and released Ward on his own bail of £500.

The case was adjourned with the defendants to appear before Newry Crown Court on October 11 for arraignment.

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