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Five face trial after mother dragged from bed

A GANG is alleged to have broken into a middle-aged woman's home in the middle of the night, pulled her out of her bed and demanded to know the whereabouts of her son.

Gary Byrne (27) and Gordon Robinson (25) were allegedly part of a gang of five men that barged into the woman's bedroom in north Co Dublin.

They are facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after a judge ruled that the matters were too serious for the District Court.

Byrne, with an address at Jugback Lane, in Swords, and Robinson, of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, appeared before Dublin District Court accused of breaking into the woman's house and threatening her.

The alleged incident took place at her home at Jugback Crescent, in Swords, on November 22 last year.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Michael Doherty said it is alleged that the victim was at home alone when five men entered her house.

Garda Doherty said the alleged victim, who is in her 40s, was asleep in bed and that Byrne and Robinson barged open her bedroom door and entered the room.

The garda said it is alleged that they pulled the woman out of her bed, demanding to know the whereabouts of her son.

Serious

The court heard that the woman was alone in the house at the time of the incident, and did not know where her son was.

Judge John Coughlan refused jurisdiction of the matter, believing it was too serious for the District Court.

The judge adjourned the matter for six weeks for the book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier was assigned on free legal aid.

Judge Coughlan adjourned the matter to Swords District Court on a date in September for the service of the book of evidence.

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