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Lurgan brothers accused of sectarian intimidation attack set for Crown Court

Lurgan brothers Adrian and Alistair Douglas
Lurgan brothers Adrian and Alistair Douglas

Two Co Armagh brothers accused of attacking the home of a single mum in Lurgan are due before the Crown Court in early December.

The case against 37-year-old Alister Douglas and his brother Adrian (34), was up before Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The pair, from Charles Baron Gardens and Carrick Drive respectively, are currently charged with attempting to cause criminal damage to a door belonging to Danielle Skelton and with attempting to steal her ring doorbell worth £70, but previous courts have heard the Public Prosecution Service intend to add a charge of intimidation against them arising from the allegedly sectarian incident at Ashleigh Crescent on April 30, this year.

During Friday’s brief hearing, the prosecution outlined plans to have the pair before the Crown Court in eight weeks time – December 1.

District Judge Bernie Kelly said she would review the case a week beforehand, on November 24.

It is the footage recorded from the ring doorbell that has landed the two brothers in court after they were captured allegedly shouting sectarian abuse such as “get this fenian out” and “the taigs in” as well as hammering and kicking the door.

On spotting the doorbell camera, one of them allegedly tried to prise it off the door frame and with the video posted online, the footage has been viewed thousands of times and has evoked public revulsion and condemnation from all quarters.

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