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Man accused of Armagh shotgun hold-up

A man accused of wielding a sawn-off double barrelled shotgun during a £50,000 armed raid on a Co Armagh jewellers has been denied High Court bail.

Prosecutors claimed Hugh Murphy (36) was among a gang of five suspected of involvement at the heist in Tandragee last month.

Engagement rings, watches, chains and other items were taken during the raid.

Murphy, of Enniskeen, Drumgor, Craigavon, faces charges of robbery, false imprisonment, possession of criminal property, having a firearm with intent, and arson in connection with a burnt-out suspected getaway car.

A defence lawyer said Murphy claimed to have been unaware of any plan to rob the jewellers.

“With regards to his alleged involvement in this offence, he instructs me that he knows nothing about it whatsoever,” the barrister said.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Treacy held there was a risk of potential interference with the police investigation.

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