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A Dublin woman has appeared in court accused of damaging an- other's car in an incident at a retail park in the west of the city.

Ailsa Sherlock (34) had the case against her adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

Ms Sherlock, of Milford Manor Avenue, Clondalkin, is charged with causing criminal damage to a car at Fonthill Retail Park, also in Clondalkin.

The offence is alleged to have happened last July 9.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told Judge David McHugh that the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to summary disposal of the case at District Court level.

Sgt Callaghan said the allegations involved some paint damage to a 2011- registered car on the date in question.

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Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court instead of sending the accused to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He made an order for disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence following an application by Ms Sherlock's solicitor, Simon Fleming.

The judge also granted free legal aid after hearing that the accused was un- employed and was caring for young children.

A statement of her financial means was submitted to the court in support of the application.

Ms Sherlock was remanded on continuing bail.

She will appear in court again on a date later this month.

She has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charge.