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Man accused of multiple assaults on woman released on continuing bail

He is charged with 10 counts of common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, false imprisonment and threats to kill

A man who is accused to have assaulted a female on several occasions will face Crown Court proceedings next month.

The 42-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.

John Paul Walker, of Meganlis Park in Dromore, is charged with 10 counts of common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, false imprisonment and threats to kill.

As these charges were read, it was heard that all of the offences are alleged to have occurred between April 30, of 2019, and March 14, of 2020.

All of the allegations are in relation to one alleged female injured party.

Appearing in court, Walker 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 Kevin O’Hare made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Eamonn King was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer and the defendant was released on continuing bail to appear before Newry Crown Court on February 23 for arraignment.

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