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Prosecutors `may seek football banning order' against student over suspected graffiti attack on Celtic shop

As the case came before Belfast Magistrates Court for the first time, a defence solicitor described it as a `football-related incident'

PROSECUTORS may seek a football banning order against a student charged in connection with a suspected graffiti attack on a Celtic shop in Belfast, a court has heard.

Aaron McCamley (18) is facing prosecution over alleged incidents in the city centre last month.

He is accused of criminal damage to shutters on the Celtic FC store at Ann Street on September 29.

Mr McCamley, of Inishowen Drive in Belfast, is further charged with common assault against an unidentified person on the same date.

As the case came before the city's Magistrates Court for the first time, defence solicitor Aiden Carlin described it as a "football-related incident", with the allegation involving someone being kicked to the head.

"The PPS (Public Prosecution Service) may be seeking a football ban," Mr Carlin told the court.

Orders can be issued against convicted offenders to exclude them from all regulated soccer matches for up to five years.

But with Mr McCamley, who attends a training course at a Belfast college defending the charges, no application can be made at this stage.

Deputy District Judge John Rea adjourned proceedings for two weeks.

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