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South Armagh man facing offensive weapon and assault allegations to face Crown Court

He is accused of being in possession of offensive weapons, namely a bottle and a stick, at Barcroft Park in Newry

A Killeavy man facing offensive weapon and assault allegations will face Crown Court proceedings in the New Year.

The 28-year-old is also accused of being in possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause a fear of violence.

Christopher Mark Murtagh, of St Patrick’s Park, appeared facing eight charges at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday,

The accused is charged with two counts of threats to kill, criminal damage, two counts of common assault, two counts of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

As the charges were read, it was heard that all of these offences are alleged to have occurred on March 18, of this year with the common assaults and threats to kill relating to the same alleged injured party.

The defendant is accused of being in possession of offensive weapons, namely a bottle and a stick, at Barcroft Park, Newry.

It was also outlined that the alleged criminal damage related to a white Audi vehicle.

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 counsel made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Eamonn King said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer.

Murtagh was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before Newry Crown Court on February 2 for arraignment.

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