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Complainant faces arrest over no-show at men's trial

A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of the alleged victim of a burglary in Co Fermanagh after he failed to appear at the trial of two men at Dungannon Crown Court
A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of the alleged victim of a burglary in Co Fermanagh after he failed to appear at the trial of two men at Dungannon Crown Court

By Staff Reporter

A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of the alleged victim of a burglary in Co Fermanagh after he failed to appear at the trial of two men at Dungannon Crown Court.

Ryan Foley (31) of Main Street, Kesh, and Fergal Patrick McLaughlin (32), of Woodview Crescent, Trillick, are jointly accused of entering premises as trespassers.

Both men are also accused of being armed with knives with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on a male - Gareth Porter - as well as attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm on a female.

Foley is further accused of threatening to kill Mr Porter.

Both men deny the offences which relate to an incident at Abbey Drive in Enniskillen on August 7, 2018.

The trial was to begin on Monday, but the victim was not in attendance.

Judge Neil Rafferty issued a summons ordering Mr Parker to appear, pointing out that if someone makes a complaint the judicial process must be followed through.

He warned a bench warrant would be issued if there was no appearance on the next occasion as "this matter will be moving".

The case was revisited yesterday, but despite the summons Mr Parker still did not attend.

Judge Rafferty followed through on his warning and issued the warrant for the alleged victim's arrest.

Foley and McLaughlin were remanded on continuing bail, but it is not known at this stage if or when a new trial date will be fixed.

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