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Thursday 24 January 2019

Man (21) 'armed with knife in off-licence burglary', court told

Nathan Coates has not yet indicated how he intends to plead
Nathan Coates has not yet indicated how he intends to plead

A young man charged with the aggravated burglary of a Dublin off-licence has been sent for trial.

Nathan Coates (21) was allegedly armed with a knife when he committed the burglary earlier this year.

He was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Willow Wood View in Hartstown, is charged with aggravated burglary at the Carry Out off-licence in Mulhuddart on July 6.

It is alleged that Mr Coates was armed with a multi-tool and a pocket knife at the time of the burglary.

A State solicitor said that the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Curfew

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Coates the formal alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

Judge McHugh assigned defence solicitor John O'Doherty and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered that a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

Mr Coates was remanded on bail to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice on a date next month.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Coates was previously ordered to obey a curfew.

However, Sergeant Maria Callaghan told the court there was consent to the curfew being removed.

The accused has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charge.

The charge is contrary to Section 13 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act, 2001.

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