A PROSECUTOR said a colleague is "hopeful" a Preliminary Enquiry will go ahead on September 28 in the cases of a number of men alleged to have been involved in a wave of ATM thefts in County Antrim.
She was speaking at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, which heard a judge had previously issued a warning about delays in the case.
A Preliminary Enquiry is the legal step for the cases to be sent to the Crown Court.
At an earlier court a defence barrister raised the possibility of charges being dismissed unless there was progress in the cases moving through the court system.
Jamie McConnell (28) and David Edward McClurkin (37), both of Templeton Park, Templepatrick; Kenneth David Clarke (30), of Sevenmilestraight, Antrim; and Gary John Kincaid (34), of Flush Road near Belfast, are all charged with conspiracy to steal ATMs and cash on dates between October 2018 and December 2019.