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Friday 15 December 2017

Attacker broke woman victim's nose, court told

CHARGE: Youth accused of vicious muggings

A youth has been accused of breaking the nose of a student after he tried to rob her handbag and repeatedly kicking a second woman when he tried to take her mobile phone.

Darragh O'Sullivan (18) is alleged to have frightened the life out of the women, who are now living in fear of him.

The accused, of Ashlawn Park, Ballybrack, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with two counts of robbery.

The matter was adjourned for two weeks to allow the prosecuting garda to be in court for the matter of jurisdiction to be decided.

It was alleged that O'Sullivan robbed a student of her Sony Ericsson mobile phone, worth €200, at Mountain Villas, Ballybrack on October 25.

He was also alleged to have robbed a second woman on Church Road, Ballybrack, stealing her black leather handbag, worth €100, together with her passport, driving licence, purse and keys, total value €245.

Garda Ian Gillen previously alleged that the robberies involved particularly violent assaults on the women, one of whom was a foreign national.

Gda Gillen also claimed the women were thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked, and one of them had her nose broken.

Sergeant Peadar McCann told Dun Laoghaire District Court that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court, but the prosecuting garda, Gda Gillen, would need to give an outline of the allegation so the judge can consider jurisdiction.

Sgt McCann said Gda Gillen was involved in a Circuit Court trial at present, and was not available for two weeks.

Defence solicitor Amanda Connolly said it was the "same story" when the case was last before the court in February, and no progress has been made.

She asked that the matter be made peremptory against the State on the next day.

The court also heard that O'Sullivan was facing further charges in relation to the alleged incident.

Judge John Lindsay said he would adjourn the matter for two weeks, but said the garda must be in court on that date or the matter will be struck out.

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