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Man accused of serious assault on female to face Crown Court

He is also alleged to have damaged an iPhone and the contents of a bedroom

Craigavon Court

A man accused of serious assault on a female will face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

The 21-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.

Sean McConaghy, of no fixed abode, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of criminal damage and burglary inflicting grievous bodily harm.

As these charges were read, it was heard that all of the offences are alleged to have occurred on December 29 and 30, of last year.

All of the charges relate to a single alleged female injured party.

McConaghy is accused of entering a building on North Street, Lurgan, and assaulting this aforementioned female therein.

He is also alleged to have damaged an iPhone and the contents of a bedroom, also belonging to the same female.

Appearing via videolink from Maghaberry, 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 Barry McKenna made no contrary submissions.

Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer and the defendant was remanded in custody to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

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