A MAN accused of Christmas Holiday hold-ups at three shops in County Antrim in which cash, cigarettes and tobacco worth over £4,800 were stolen, has had his case sent to the Crown Court.
Stuart Grant (25), of Baird Close, Carrickfergus, faces three charges of robbery and three of possessing a handgun or imitation handgun.
He is accused of carrying out raids at the ‘Today’s Local’ store in Glynn near Larne on Christmas Eve, 2017; a Co-Op store at Ballynure on Boxing Day, 2017 and a Vivo shop at Oakland Park in Carrickfergus on December 28, 2017.
The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday for a Preliminary Enquiry – the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court.
He did not object to the holding of the Preliminary Enquiry and a prosecutor submitted that on the basis of the papers before the court there was a case to answer.
Defence barrister Neil Moore said he had no contrary submissions.
The defendant confirmed he was aware of the charges.
Releasing Grant on continuing bail of £500, District Judge Nigel Broderick returned the case to Antrim Crown Court on February 28 for arraignment.
Mr Moore said the defendant was legal-aided and added that he wished to apply for two counsel to represent Grant at the Crown Court.
The judge said to put the application in writing and it would be considered.