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Down livestock rustler Potts is denied bail

By Staff Reporter

A convicted livestock rustler was back in court yesterday, accused of stealing 35 ewes.

Newry Crown Court heard that Christopher Potts (21) was recently handed a suspended jail term for the theft of livestock and is on bail for other alleged similar thefts.

Potts, from Pineview Court in Gilford, confirmed that he understood the two charges against him, alleging that he stole 35 ewes and handled stolen goods, namely an electric fence, on October 5 this year.

A police constable said he believed he could connect the defendant to the offences.

The court heard Potts has a relevant record in that he recently received a suspended sentence of 18 months, so police feel he is "highly likely to reoffend".

The officer revealed the 35 ewes were estimated to be worth around £2,500.

Refusing bail amid fears that Potts would commit further crimes, District Judge Eamon King said it was "quite clear that the court suspects he's engaged or appears to be involved in that sort of activity".

Potts will appear again via videolink on December 22.

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