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Teen to face Crown Court on hijacking and assault charges

He is also accused of stealing items, namely a wallet and phone, and damaging spectacles belonging to the same individual

Craigavon-Courthouse

A teenager who is accused of hijacking a car and assaulting a male will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

The 19-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.

Jamie Murray, whose address is given as care of Eamonn McEvoy Solicitors, is charged with hijacking, theft, common assault and criminal damage.

As the charges were read, it was heard that all of the offences were alleged to have been committed on April 17, of this year.

The defendant is accused of unlawfully seizing control of a Hyundai i40 by threat of force.

Murray is further alleged to have assaulted a named male.

He is also accused of stealing items, namely a wallet and phone, and damaging spectacles belonging to the same individual.

Appearing in court, Murray 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 Aaron Thompson made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Bernie Kelly, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released the defendant on continuing bail to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on December 7 for arraignment.

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