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Brothers accused of threat to torch house in burglary

TWO brothers who allegedly broke into a man's home armed with a knuckleduster and then threatened to burn it down have been sent forward for trial.

John Stokes (33), and his brother Martin (30) have been ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, who was badly beaten up during the course of the incident, a court heard.


The men, both with addresses at Dara Park in Newbridge, appeared before Naas District Court charged with aggravated burglary and making threats to cause criminal damage.

The alleged incident took place at a house at Lakeside Park in Newbridge on June 28, 2009.

It is alleged that the men, who were armed with a knuckleduster, entered the house in Newbridge, and threatened to set it on fire.

Martin Stokes is also facing a further charge of seriously assaulting the householder.

The court heard the book of evidence had been served on the defendants, who go forward to the next sittings of Naas Circuit Court.

Judge Des Zaidan remanded John Stokes on bail in his own bond of €1,000 with a €300 cash lodgement, and an independent surety of €500, of which €200 was cash.

The judge ordered him to stay away from the Newbridge area and to have no contact with the alleged victim.

The judge remanded Martin Stokes on bail in his own bond of €500 cash and an independent surety of €500 cash. The judge also ordered him to stay away from the alleged victim and any witnesses in the case.

Legal aid was assigned to defence solicitor Mark Murphy and one junior counsel.