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Monday 16 October 2017

THREE teenage girls are to face trial after a Brazilian student was allegedly beaten and mugged in Dublin city-centre when she refused to hand over a cigarette.

THREE teenage girls are to face trial after a Brazilian student was allegedly beaten and mugged in Dublin city-centre when she refused to hand over a cigarette.

The alleged girl-gang robbery is said to have occurred at Dame Lane, in Dublin city-centre, on November 29 last year.

In an outline of the allegations Garda Brian Cleary told the Dublin Children's Court that it was alleged that at 9.14pm the woman was approached and asked for a cigarette. After she refused she was "set on" and they "punched, kicked, struck her".

She was knocked on the ground and kicked again before her phone was taken from her pocket, Garda Cleary also told Judge John O'Connor.

The three girls, all aged 16, each face a single count of robbery and made their first court appearances yesterday.

There was no objection to bail and all three, who were accompanied to court by their mothers and lawyers, were ordered to appear again in October. One of them is pleading not guilty, her lawyer said, but the trial date has yet to be set.

Meanwhile, her two co-defendants will be expected to say how they will be pleading at their next hearing.

Legal aid has been granted and the judge has ordered disclosure of prosecution evidence to the defence.

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