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Mum (24) faces trial over knife raid

A YOUNG mother accused of robbing a petrol station assistant at knifepoint has been sent forward for trial on the charges.

Shona Mulhall (24) is also alleged to have seriously assaulted a second shop assistant during the incident in Deansgrange.

Mulhall, of Deansgrange Road, Blackrock, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with robbery.

The court heard the incident took place at the Texaco Service Station, Clonkeen Road, Deansgrange, on December 5.

It is alleged that during the course of the robbery Mulhall produced a knife and forced staff to hand over €490 in cash from the till.

Mulhall is also charged with seriously assaulting a male shop assistant in the same incident, and with producing a knife capable of inflicting serious injury and possession of a knife at Clonkeen Road.

The incident was allegedly captured on CCTV cameras.





Warning

The State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on Mulhall, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Ann Ryan gave Mulhall the alibi caution, warning her she had 14 days to provide details of anyone she proposed calling as a witness.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

The court heard bail was previously refused in the matter and Judge Ryan remanded Mulhall, a single mother with a young daughter, in custody.

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