Co Tyrone man appears in court charged with Orange hall damage

Orange Order
Orange Order

A Co Tyrone man has been ordered to stand trial accused of damaging an Orange Hall six years ago.

Allowed to remain standing in the body of Dungannon Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 25-year-old Marc Devlin confirmed that he was aware of the two charges against him and that he was not objecting to the preliminary enquiry committal proceedings.

Devlin, from the Gortnaclough Road, Stewartstown, is accused of breaking into Mulnagore Orange Hall in Cookstown “with intent to do unlawful damage to the building or anything therein”, and with causing criminal damage to picture frames belonging to the Orange Hall on July 18, 2009.

A prosecuting lawyer submitted that there is a prima facie case against Devlin, a submission which his defence solicitor took no issue with.

Devlin, wearing a dark suit, was given the opportunity to comment on the charges or call witnesses on his behalf but the Co Tyrone man chose not to.

Releasing Devlin on his own bail of £200, District Judge John Meehan granted legal aid and ordered him to appear before Dungannon Crown Court for arraignment on October 15.