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Man bailed after shooting outside Ballygawley bar while co-accused father remains at large

Tailor's Bar in Ballygawley

A twenty-year-old man has appeared before a special court sitting following a shooting incident in Ballygawley, in which the co-accused is his father, who allegedly fired the shots although he remains at large.

Appearing by video-link from police custody was Andrew McCrum from Millix Road, Ballygawley who is charged with possessing a firearm or ammunition with intent to endanger life or property as well as assisting offenders.

The charges relate to an incident which occurred during the early hours of Sunday 28 August when two shots were fired in the Main Street area of Ballygawley.

One shot was allegedly fired in the air and the other towards the window of a pub.

McCrum was arrested a short time later

A detective constable told Dungannon Magistrates’ Court the charges could be connected.

She explained police were called by staff in the Tailor’s House Bar after the defendant and his father Robert McCrum attended the premises.

It is alleged the defendant went into the bar and it was his father who fired the shots, following a disagreement with other persons on the premises.

During interview, Andrew McCrum accepted being at the premises but denies any knowledge of his father’s intentions when he attended.

Both men left the area after the incident.

The detective confirmed “a substantial number of guns” were seized from the family home as McCrum and his father and brother all hold firearms licences, “Because a number of witnesses have refused to participate in the investigation, we are having difficulty identifying the exact firearm used, therefore we cannot confirm if it is one which was legally held.”

In respect of bail, the detective added, “Although we are sympathetic with the defendant our fear is at present we cannot account for all firearms used in this incident. We also have concerns over potential witness interference as the defendant’s father is his co-accused, remains outstanding and the nature of the incident has put a number of people in fear, the defendant also lives in close proximity to the scene.”

A defence solicitor told the court the charges are denied and while considering her client’s address is not suitable, offered his grandfather’s home in Aughnacloy.

District Judge Steven Keown agreed to release McCrum on bail in the sum of £500 and there must be no contact with any witnesses or co-accused.

He is also to abide by a curfew from 10pm to 6am, is banned from entering Ballygawley and must not possess any firearms.

The case will return to court on September 21.

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