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Narrow Water memorial vandalism, man remanded in custody 

November 19, 2018

A 44-year-old man has been remanded in custody, charged with causing damage to the Narrow Water memorial near Warrenpoint.

Robert James McKeegan (44), a lorry driver from Beech Drive, Bleary, Craigavon appeared in Banbridge Magistrates Court, sitting in Newry, on Thursday, accused of causing criminal damage to a memorial belonging to Royal British Legion, intending to damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be damaged.

It was alleged in court that around 7.30am on 4th October, McKeegan stopped his lorry beside the memorial and while talking in his phone, destroyed the memorial before driving off.

The lorry driver was further charged with having an indecent image of a child on November 14 this year.  Although defence solicitor Conor Downey claimed that alleged indecent image was more akin to a “vulgar joke,” Detective Sergeant Connolly told the Court he believed he could connect McKeegan to both offences.

He was remanded into custody to appear again via videolink on December 12th.

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