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Man on driving charges denied bail by High Court judge

By Ashleigh McDonald

A High Court judge has refused to release a Co Armagh man from custody so he could “prove that he can lead a legitimate life”.

The bail request was made on behalf of 42-year-old mechanic Gerard John Mulligan, who is currently facing five charges arising from a road traffic incident which occurred on June 19.

Mulligan, from Soldierstown Road in Aghalee, is accused of handling stolen goods — namely an Audi A4 — as well as going equipped for theft, dangerous driving, driving with no insurance, and failing to stop.

A Crown prosecutor told the court that on June 19, police received reports that a red Audi was being driven dangerously in Portadown. A short time later officers saw the same car — which had been stolen during a creeper burglary two days before — on the slip road off the M1 at Moira.

Officers deployed their lights, but the car sped off with the police in pursuit. The prosecutor said officers observed the car being driven at speeds of up to 80mph and also undertaking other vehicles and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The Audi eventually came to a halt in the car park of a nursing home.

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