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Lithuanian man accused of drug dealing to stand trial

By Alan Erwin

A Lithuanian man is to stand trial accused of supplying heroin in Belfast, a judge has ordered.

Vilandas Ramutis was allegedly involved in drug-related incidents at the city's gasworks area.

The 21-year-old, of no fixed abode, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday for a preliminary enquiry on charges linked to incidents in November and December last year.

He faces counts of possessing, supplying and being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Speaking through an interpreter, Ramutis confirmed that he understood the charges against him.

He declined to call witnesses or give evidence at this stage in proceedings.

Defence counsel Sean Mullan did not contest prosecution submissions that his client has a case to answer.

Following the brief exchanges District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted an application to have Ramutis sent for Crown Court trial.

She remanded the accused in custody until his arraignment.

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