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Man accused of causing ABH and threatening to kill female to face Crown Court

He was released on his own bail of £500 to appear at Craigavon Crown Court

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A man accused of assaulting a female causing her actual bodily harm and making threats to kill her will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

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

Anacleto Brites, of Victoria Street in Lurgan, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the offences were alleged to have been committed by the defendant on September 11, of last year.

Brites is accused of assaulting a female occasioning her actual bodily harm and making threats to kill her.

The defendant is further alleged to have been in possession of a vegetable knife with intent to make threats to kill.

Appearing in court, Brites 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 barrister John McCann made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Bernie Kelly, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released the defendant on his own bail of £500 to appear at Craigavon Crown Court on March 22.

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