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Monday 14 October 2019

Teen sent for trial charged with attacks on two shop doormen 

Brandon Shumba is also accused of stealing alcohol
Brandon Shumba is also accused of stealing alcohol

A teenager accused of attacking doormen after stealing alcohol at two separate stores has been sent for trial.

Brandon Shumba (19) is accused of punching one of the guards to the ground and biting his hand after the man tried to grab a female accomplice's handbag to identify her.

Mr Shumba had a book of evidence served on him at Dublin District Court.

The accused, of no fixed address, is accused of stealing alcohol and assault causing harm to two security men at the shops in Fairview on May 6 last year.

Judge Bryan Smyth gave him the formal alibi caution.

He then returned Mr Shumba for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in October.

Gda Patrick Watson had previously said it was alleged the accused and a woman entered Tesco Express in Fairview and stole alcohol.

Confronted

When a member of the public and a security guard confronted them, it was alleged that Mr Shumba punched the doorman in the mouth.

The guard suffered a cut to the inside of his lip, Gda Watson told the court.

It was also alleged that the woman kicked the doorman, but she was not before the court.

The alleged victim was allegedly "racially abused by both suspects", who then went directly to a nearby Eurospar and tried to steal more alcohol there.

It was alleged that the woman left the store and was confronted by a security guard.

According to the prosecution, Mr Shumba followed them out and punched the doorman in the face, knocking him to the ground.

The shop worker grabbed the woman's purse and Mr Shumba allegedly bit him on the hand, breaking the skin.

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