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Alleged bank machine skimmer sent for trial

Andrei Untrue (32) of no fixed abode, Belfast is charged with three counts of fraud

AN alleged bank machine skimmer has been sent for trial to Newry crown court.

Andrei Untaru (32) of no fixed abode, Belfast is charged with three counts of fraud from May 18 to May 26, 2016.

The case concerns the use of an illegal skimming device to fraudulently gain personal banking details from members of the public as they used cash machines on the street.

The bank card details could then be potentially used to gain access to personal accounts to withdraw cash.

No further details were opened during the brief court hearing.

A preliminary enquiry was processed at Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The defendant, who appeared via video link from Maghaberry prison, told the court that he understood the charges.

No objections were made on the preliminary enquiry taking place.

Defence brought forward no evidence or witnesses at this time.

District judge Eamon King said he was satisfied there was a case to answer.

No contrary submissions were made by defence.

Mr King adjourned the case to Newry crown court for a trial to be arranged on October 7.

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