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Man accused of burglary at business premises to face Crown Court

He is alleged to have stolen items of stock including mobile phones and electronic tablets

Craigavon-Courthouse

A Lurgan man accused of burgling business premises, from which he is alleged to have stolen mobile phones and electronic tablets, will face Crown Court proceedings.

The 32-year-old is also accused of causing damage to window security bars and cabinets on the same date.

James John Bell, of Houston Park, appeared charged with burglary and criminal damage at Craigavon Magistrates’, sitting in Lisburn, on Friday.

As the charges were read out, it was outlined that all of the alleged offences occurred on March 7, 2018.

The defendant is alleged to have entered as a trespasser a business premises at 34 Church Place, Lurgan, and to have stolen items of stock including mobile phones and electronic tablets.

Bell is also accused of damaging window security bars and cabinets belonging to a named male.

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 Conor O’Kane made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Steven Keown released Bell on his own bail of £500 to appear at Craigavon Crown Court on September 30.

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