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Man accused of converting criminal property over £25,000 to face Crown Court

Craigavon Courthouse

A Craigavon man who is accused of converting criminal property over £25,000 will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

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

Mark Gilmore, of Lakelands, is charged with entering a arrangement to acquire criminal property, conspiracy to conceal criminal property, converting criminal property, three counts of possessing criminal property, transferring criminal property, concealing criminal property and three counts of acquiring criminal property.

As these charges were read, it was heard that all of the offences are alleged to have occurred between June 1, of 2018, and November 5, of 2018.

Gilmore is accused of converting £27,939.25 which was alleged to have been in his possession.

Appearing before the 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 barrister David McKeown made no contrary submissions.

Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer and the defendant was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on March 11 for arraignment.

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