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Man accused of attempted GBH of female to face Crown Court

Prosecution submitted that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer

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A Newry man who is accused of attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm on a woman will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

The 33-year-old appeared at the city’s Magistrates’ Court for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Paul David McManus, of Drumcashel Villas, is charged with a single count of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

As the charge was read, it was heard that the offence was alleged to have been committed on September 1, of last year, and related to a named female.

Appearing before the court, 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 solicitor John Murphy made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Eamonn King was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer and McManus was released on continuing bail to appear before Newry Crown Court on February 16 for arraignment.

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