For trial on breach of sex order

James Bernard Anthony Carragher.
James Bernard Anthony Carragher.

A 27-year-old Gilford man has been returned for trial to Craigavon Crown Court accused of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention order.

James Bernard Anthony Carragher, originally from Plantation Road, Portadown, appeared last week at a preliminary enquiry at Lisburn Magistrates Court.

Carragher, who is currently on remand in Maghaberry prison, is accused of breaching his SOPO by drinking alcohol ‘without reasonable excuse’ on June 6 this year.

A prosecuting lawyer submitted that there was a prima facie case for the defendant to answer.

With no contrary submissions from the defence Deputy District Judge, Mr Brian Archer, said he was satisfied he should return the case to the Crown Court.

Remanding Carragher in custody the judge ordered he should be produced before Craigavon Crown Court on December 15 for arraignment.

The SOPO was put in place in 2008 after a judge heard how Carragher was caught with indecent images of children and had been sending explicit photos of himself to females, asking them to reciprocate.