| 13.3°C Dublin

Man faces trial on stanley knife claim

A DUBLIN man accused of producing a Stanley knife during the course of attacking another individual has been sent forward for trial.

Brian Roban (35) appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with seriously assaulting Mark Downey.


The alleged offence, contrary to the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997, took place at Brookhaven Rise in Blanchardstown on February 6 last year.

Roban, of Church Road in Mulhuddart, is further charged with producing a silver Stanley knife during the course of the assault.

The DPP previously directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court on a guilty plea only.

Roban has denied the charges and will now face trial in the circuit court.

State solicitor Domhnall Forde said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin circuit criminal court.

Judge David McHugh gave Roban the alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.