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A MAN who is alleged to have failed to provide a DNA sample for the DNA Database system is to contest his case.

Christopher Griffin (51) is alleged to have failed to attend Swords Garda Station to have a DNA sample taken on August 21, 2020.

The offence is under Section 31 of the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014. Upon conviction in the district court, a person faces up to 12 months in prison.

At Swords District Court, Griffin, of Canon Lillis Avenue, Seville Place in Dublin 1. who was not required to be in attendance, had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf by his legal counsel.

Sergeant Patricia McGarrity previously told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed summary disposal of the case in the district court.

Defence barrister Deirdre Flannery said a not guilty plea can be entered and requested a hearing date, which Judge Conal Gibbons granted for next February.

An application for legal aid was made by Ms Flannery saying it is her understanding the accused is on social welfare.

However, Sgt McGarrity told the court a full statement of means was sought on the last day his case was mentioned but the statement of means hasn’t been furnished. Ms Flannery said that can be provided on the next date.

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