Accused of false imprisonment

A man and a woman have been returned for trial accused of falsely imprisoning a woman.

Darren McKeown, (30), of Mullanary Road, Blackwater, Co.Armagh, is charged with common assault, harassment, breaching a restraining order, making a threat to kill and false imprisonment.

His co-accused, 24-year-old Marie Sarah Maben, is charged with false imprisonment.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the Elm Close area on June 26, last year.

During a brief hearing at Derry Magistrate’s Court, both defendants declined to say anything in answer to the charges or to call any evidence.

Defence solicitors accepted there is a prima facie case for their clients to answer.

McKeown was remanded in custody and Maben was released on her own bail of £500 to appear at the city’s crown court on February 27 for arraignment.