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Monday 5 December 2016

Youth accused of assault and string of robberies

Jamie O’Rourke’s alleged crimes occurred in a six-day period
Jamie O’Rourke’s alleged crimes occurred in a six-day period

A man alleged to have robbed a woman of her handbag and knocked her to the ground has been told by a judge that he cannot have his case heard at district court level.

Jamie O'Rourke (22) is also alleged to have carried out four other thefts of handbags and mobile phones over a six-day period in Swords, the town's district court heard.

Gda David Smith told Judge John Coughlan that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the case on a plea of guilty only on all of the charges.

He outlined the alleged facts of one of the charges, saying O'Rourke is alleged to have approached a woman in her 60s on Seatown Road, Swords, at 7.50pm last June 9.

Grazes

He allegedly grabbed her handbag and, in the process, the woman was knocked to the ground, said Gda Smith.

The woman's alleged injuries were grazes to her head and her glasses were also damaged, the court was told.

The accused, with addresses at Jugback Green and St Cronan's Way, Swords, is also charged with robbery of a wallet and €30 in cash from a woman on August 6 at Seatown Road; attempted robbery and assault on North Street on August 9; robbery of a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and €5 in coins on August 11 at Highfield Green; and robbery of a handbag, house keys, utility bills and €460 in cash.

On hearing the alleged facts of one of the cases, Judge Coughlan refused jurisdiction and adjourned the case until December 5 for the accused to be served with the book of evidence.

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