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Man facing imitation firearm offence to face Crown Court

He was released on continuing bail to appear before Craigavon Crown Court in February

Craigavon Court

A Moyraverty man who faces a charge relating to an imitation firearm will face Crown Court proceedings in the New Year.

It was heard the allegation against the 52-year-old related to an Air Soft Gun.

Christopher Toland, of Oakvale, appeared charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

As the charge was read, it was heard that the offence was alleged to have occurred on July 14, of this year, with the imitation weapon being referred to as an Air Soft Gun.

Appearing via videolink from his solicitor’s office, 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 Patrick Taggart made no contrary submissions.

Deputy District Judge John Rea said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer.

Toland was released on continuing bail to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on February 4 for arraignment.

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