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Monday 18 December 2017

Alleged threat to 'batter' bather over his €40 sunglasses

Ian McCloskey allegedly said he would knock man’s teeth in
Ian McCloskey allegedly said he would knock man’s teeth in

A beachgoer was pushed and threatened by a young man who demanded he hand over his sunglasses at a popular bathing area, a court was told.

Ian McCloskey (20) is alleged to have threatened to "batter" the other man and told him he would "knock his teeth in".

Judge Anne Watkin adjourned the case to a date in December.

The accused, of Cappagh Avenue, Finglas, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with robbery and public intoxication.

The alleged incident took place at the Forty Foot swimming area, Sandycove, on May 15 last year.

The court heard that the DPP had directed summary trial of the charge in the district court.

Outlining the allegation for the court, Gda John Durcan said he was on foot patrol in the area when the alleged injured party, a man in his 20s, approached him and told him that his sunglasses, worth €40, had been stolen.

Grabbed

Gda Durcan alleged that Mr McCloskey demanded the victim give him the sunglasses, threatening to "batter" him.

The accused is also alleged to have pushed the victim and grabbed the sunglasses in an aggressive manner.

Gda Durcan also alleged that Mr McCloskey told the injured party: "I will knock your teeth in." He added that the victim had been afraid.

Gda Durcan said Mr McCloskey remained at the scene and handed him the sunglasses when the garda approached him a short time later.

Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said Mr McCloskey was anxious for the matter to remain in the district court.

Ms Moloney said the accused was seeking a hearing date in relation to the allegations.

Judge Watkin noted that jurisdiction was previously accepted by another judge.

The judge adjourned the case, saying the judge at the hearing of the case may revisit the issue of jurisdiction.

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