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Accused on tax office fight charge goes to trial

A YOUNG man accused of violent disorder with four other men outside a motor tax office has been sent forward for trial.

Martin Stokes (25) is alleged to have produced a hatchet during the course of a disturbance.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court where the penalties are potentially greater after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.


The accused, of Oldcastle Park Green in Clondalkin, appeared before Blan-chardstown District Court charged with violent disorder.

The alleged incident took place at the Motor Tax Office on Ninth Lock Road in Clondalkin on June 8.

The court heard that his alleged accomplices have already been sent for trial.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell remanded Rose on bail in his own bond of €500 cash.

The court heard that Stokes is unemployed and defence solicitor Simon Fleming and one junior counsel were was assigned on free legal aid.