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Pair accused of burglary and setting fire to car to face Crown Court

One was remanded in custody while the other was freed on his own bail

Craigavon Court

Two men accused of burglary and damaging a car by fire will face Crown Court proceedings in the New Year.

Tiarnan McSorley, 20, of Mandeville Manor in Portadown, and Tiarnan Scullion, 25, of Ballynamoney Lane in Lurgan, both appeared facing five charges at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The accused are charged with burglary, aggravated taking and causing damage to a vehicle, taking a motor vehicle without authority, arson and handling stolen goods.

As the charges were read, it was heard that these offences are alleged to have been committed between August 25 and August 28, 2018.

The defendants are accused of entering as a trespasser a house on Downshire Avenue, Lurgan, and stealing jewellery, money, purses, a handbag and medication.

They are also alleged to have taken a Suzuki Swift car without the consent of the owner and to have damaged this by fire.

With Scullion appearing via videolink from Maghaberry and McSorley from his solicitor’s office, both 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 barristers Aaron Thompson and Neil Moore made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Amanda Brady, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, remanded Scullion in custody and released McSorley on his own bail of £250 to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on January 12 for arraignment.

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