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Wednesday 16 August 2017

THREE teenage girls have pleaded not guilty to robbery of a Brazilian student who was allegedly beaten and mugged in Dublin city-centre after she refused to hand over a cigarette.

THREE teenage girls have pleaded not guilty to robbery of a Brazilian student who was allegedly beaten and mugged in Dublin city-centre after 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.

The girls, all aged 16, are to contest the case and Judge John O'Connor ordered that they will face trial at the Dublin Children's Court next month.

In an outline of the allegations Garda Brian Cleary has told the city's juvenile 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 has also told Judge John O'Connor.

Legal aid has been granted and the judge has ordered disclosure of prosecution evidence to defence lawyers. Each girl faces a single count of robbery and they will remain on bail pending their trial.

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