Man and woman to stand trial for handling stolen goods

A man and woman have been returned for trial at the city’s crown court accused of handling goods stolen in the Republic of Ireland.

Jonathon James Ayton, 35, of Bonds Hill, faces a total of nine charges relating to incidents between May 6 and June 3, last year.

They include concealing criminal property and the theft of a car.

His co-accused, 25-year-old Karen Marie McDonald, with an address in Maguiresbridge Co. Fermanagh faces a total of eight charges relating to the same dates.

Both defendants declined to say anything in answer to the charges or call any witnesses.

Defence solictiors for Ayton and McDonald conceded there was a prima facie case to answer.

Ayton and McDonald were remanded in custody to appear in the crown court for arraignment on June 7.

The solcitors for each of the defendants then applied to come off record, as the row over legal aid fees continues.

District Judge Barney McElholm told Ayton and McDonald they had the right to apply to the crown court for bail, however they would have to phone the court office themselves to arrange this.

He added that the court office would now write directly to the defendants in prison.