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Thursday 19 October 2017

Saw-wielding man's alleged threat to boy

A MAN who allegedly robbed a 14-year-old boy at knifepoint found out where the youth lived and damaged his home with a saw, a court has been told.

Gardai have said the boy took refuge in a house when his bike was stolen on the street, but the suspect told him he "knew where he lived" and turned up there with a saw, causing damage.

Another man, alleged to have been the thief's getaway driver, has been charged with taking part in a burglary at the boy's home.

Mark Horan (22), of Wheatfield Close, Clondalkin, is accused of burglary by trespassing and causing criminal damage.

The charge is under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act and is alleged to have happened in west Dublin last July 9.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the only allegation against Mr Horan is that he drove the car.

The other man is currently before the courts charged in relation to the alleged incident.

The court heard the DPP had directed summary disposal of Mr Horan's case.

This means if a judge accepts jurisdiction to deal with it, it can be heard at District Court level instead of being sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where the potential penalties on conviction are more severe.

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Mr Horan's solicitor said that his client was not present in court.

Judge David McHugh asked for an outline of the prosecution's case to be given.

Gda Stephen Kelly told the court that an incident occurred in which a 14-year-old boy was allegedly attacked with a wheelbrace and knife and had a pedal bike taken from him. He took refuge in a house and the alleged culprit went there with Mark Horan, Gda Kelly claimed.

It was alleged that the man went to the front door and threatened that he knew where the boy lived before getting back into a car with Mr Horan.

The accused later allegedly drove the man to the youth's home address.

The man allegedly had a saw and caused criminal damage inside with it.

Mr Horan was allegedly the getaway driver and the vehicle left the area at speed.

After hearing the allegations, Judge McHugh said that Mr Horan would have to be present in court before he could decide If the case can be heard in the District Court.

He adjourned the case to a date next month and remanded the accused on continuing bail.

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