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Man used sword in drugs raid, court told

A DUBLIN man accused of producing a double-bladed sword during a robbery has been sent forward for trial.

Jason Kearnes (39) is alleged to have robbed three bottles of methadone from a west Dublin pharmacy.

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

Kearnes, of Rowlagh Crescent in Clondalkin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with robbery and with producing a double-bladed sword.

The alleged incident took place at Unicare, Rowlagh Shopping Centre in Clondalkin on October 9, 2010.

It is alleged that Kearnes robbed three bottles of methadone worth around €150. A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on Kearnes, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor Emer O'Sullivan and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Judge Anthony Halpin gave Kearnes 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.