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diggery-doo doo Man accused of stealing digger and toppling portaloos at GAA club refused bail

The man is accused of damaging the toilets at Sean MacDermott GAC with the digger

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A man who has been accused of taking a digger before using it to pull down portable toilets at a GAA ground has been refused bail.

Eamon McElkenny (31), from Maplebrook Court in Coalisland has been charged with the aggravated taking of a vehicle as well as criminal damage, going equipped for a theft, common assault and assault on police.

He has been charged in connection with taking the Hitachi digger and pulling down portaloos at the Sean MacDermott GAA Club on the Maghery Road, Dungannon, in December of last year.

Mr McElkenny’s defence barrister noted his client’s poor mental health and told the court that there was more to the situation “than meets the eye”.

A prosecutor in the case, Kate McKay, said that after the digger was used to pull down the toilet facilities, members of the public approached McElkenny and another man and detained them until the police arrived.

When he was searched, the police say they found a flick knife on McElkenny.

They said a lock on the cab of the digger had been broken off, while a hammer was found inside.

The police also said they noted the smell of alcohol in the cab of the digger.

McElkenny had been on bail, but was refused after he was detained for motoring offences last month.

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