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Portadown man accused of stealing £46,000 from employer to face Crown Court

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A Portadown man accused of stealing over £46,000 from his former employer is to face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

Stephen Byrne, 49, of Markville appeared before 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.

He is charged with one count of theft.

The offence allegedly occurred between January 1, 2017 and January 31, 2020 and involved the theft of £46,131.98 from a business.

Appearing in court, Byrne 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 Bernie Kelly, satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released the defendant on his own bail of £500 to appear at Craigavon Crown Court on October 4.

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