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Man accused of breaching Sexual Offences Prevention Order on Portadown tow path

He was remanded in custody to appear before Craigavon Crown Court in May

A Portadown man accused of breaching Sexual Offences Prevention Order will face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

The 40-year-old appeared at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

David Raymond Blaney, of Edward Street, faces a single charge of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

As these charges were read, it was heard that the defendant was alleged to have breached the order on November 9, at the River Bann Tow Path in Portadown, by speaking to a female without reasonable excuse.

Appearing via videolink from Maghaberry, Blaney 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 Peter Canavan made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Peter Magill was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer and the defendant was remanded in custody to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on May 7 for arraignment.

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