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Belfast trio facing trial over theft of digger and trailer worth £26,000

Robert Braniff
Robert Braniff
Damien Rush
Patrick McGowan

By Paul Higgins

Three west Belfast men are to go on trial for theft after they denied stealing a JCB digger and trailer worth more than £20,000.

Standing side by side in the dock of Craigavon Crown Court yesterday were 28-year-old Damien Rush, Robert Braniff (34) and 49-year-old Patrick McGowan, who entered not guilty pleas to the one count they're jointly charged on.

Belfast men Rush, from Balkan Street; Braniff, from the Ballymurphy Road; and McGowan, from Britton's Parade, are accused of stealing the JCB digger and Ifor Williams trailer worth £26,000 from the Knockbracken Estate on 23 March, 2017.

Braniff and McGowan also denied a further count accusing them of driving a Vauxhall Vectra car on the Drumbeg Road in Lisburn without insurance. Freeing the men on bail, Judge Patrick Lynch QC said he would review their cases in the next two weeks, ahead of a potential trial date in September.

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