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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Teenager faces trial over violent robbery

The court heard there was no assault charge in the case.
The court heard there was no assault charge in the case.

A teenager is facing trial charged with the violent robbery of a man who was set upon by a large group of people in Dublin city centre.

Sean Byrne (19) had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Byrne, of Poddle Close, Kimmage, is charged with robbery and violent disorder at Dame Lane on July 23, 2014.

Dublin District Court heard the alleged victim was walking with his girlfriend when he was set upon by a large number of males.

Outlining the prosecution's case so Judge Michael Walsh could consider jurisdiction, a garda said the man was allegedly punched and kicked. He also had his phone taken, the garda added.

Stitched

Mr Byrne was allegedly identified on CCTV. The man suffered bruising and a lacerated lip that he had stitched in hospital.

The court heard there was no assault charge in the case.

Judge Walsh noted that it was alleged Mr Byrne "acted in concert with others".

"It's a severe and nasty incident," he said, refusing jurisdiction.

This means the case will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the book of evidence is ready.

The case against Mr Byrne was adjourned to a date next month.

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