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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Alleged thief also charged with having screwdriver

A YOUNG man accused of stealing another man's mobile phone has been sent forward for trial.

John Joyce (24) is also alleged to have had a screwdriver in his possession.

The accused, with an address at St Bridget's Lawn in Porterstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with robbery and possession of a screwdriver for use in a theft.

The alleged incident took place at Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown on August 21 last year.

It is alleged that Mr Joyce robbed another man of a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone.

DIRECTED

A State solicitor said the DPP had directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court on the charges, which has tougher sentencing powers than the District Court.

The court heard the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Joyce the formal alibi caution.

Defence solicitor Michelle Finan was assigned on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered that a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

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