Man to stand trial on conspiracy to fraud charges

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A Derry man has been sent for trial on conspiracy to fraud charges and concealing criminal property.

Paul Mahoney (28) of 372, Carnhill appeared at a preliminary enquiry at Derry Magistrate’s Court today.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud with others between April 2008 and April 2013.

He was also charged with acquiring criminal property between April 2008 and April 2013 and concealing criminal property namely £82,000 on May 2011.

It was accepted there was a case to answer and Mahoney said he did not wish to call any evidence or make any statement at this stage.

He was released on bail and returned for trial to appear at Derry Crown Court on January 30.

Accused another man of raping partner

Derry Magistrate’s Court has heard how a man accused another man of raping his partner before assaulting him.

James Kelly (34) of 20, Creggan Street in Derry appeared today charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on January 7.

The court was told that the injured party was in a local solicitor’s office when he alleged Kelly tapped him on the shoulder and said he had raped his partner then he was alleged to have headbutted him on the nose.

Six hours later Kelly handed himself in to police for breaching bail conditions he was on by having taken alcohol.

A police officer opposed bail stating that Kelly had breached his bail in the past.

Defence solicitor Mr. Paddy McGurk said the charge would be ‘strongly contested’ and said his client had ‘addiction problems.’

District Judge Barney McElholm said that Kelly would continue to offend as long as he continued to drink.

He released him on his own bail on condition he had no contact with the alleged injured party.

He warned the defendant that if he breached his bail in any way at all he was going to prison and told him this was ‘the only chance he was getting.’

He will appear again on February 6.