Tuesday 25 October 2016

Defendant on trespass and assault charges

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court

A MAN has been sent for trial charged with seriously assaulting another and damaging a house with a metal pole.

James Bernard Mwachoti (25) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Castle Riada Avenue, Lucan, is charged with assault causing harm to a man at Castle Riada Crescent last September 15.

He is also charged with trespassing at an address at Castle Riada Crescent in a manner likely to cause fear in another.

Further charges are that he caused criminal damage to a rear kitchen window while there and produced a long metal pole in the course of a dispute.

Mr Mwachoti has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to any of the charges.

Judge Alan Mitchell gave the defendant the formal warning that he must provide within 14 days to the prosecution details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial.

The judge also ordered disclosure of copies of the video of the accused's garda interviews.

He then sent him forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, on continuing bail, under existing terms.

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