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Dublin man accused of burglary and assault to face Crown Court

He was released to appear before Newry Crown Court in March

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A Dublin man who is accused of burglary and assault will face Crown Court proceedings in March.

The 34-year-old appeared at Newry Magistrates’ on Wednesday for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

David Anthony Monaghan, of Oak Lawn, is charged with burglary with intent to steal, common assault and criminal damage.

As these charges were read, it was heard that the defendant is accused of committing these offences on December 18, 2007.

Monaghan is alleged to have entered a property as a trespasser a building on Newry Street, Kilkeel, with intent to steal therein.

The defendant is further accused of assaulting a male and causing damage to his silver Range Rover.

Appearing in court, Monaghan 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 Bobbie Rea made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Michael Ranaghan said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer.

The defendant was released to appear before Newry Crown Court on March 2 for arraignment.

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