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Pair accused of pepper spray attack on school theatre show

THIS is the man charged over an incident at a Dublin theatre in which audience members were allegedly pepper-sprayed during a performance.

Shane Carey (29) is accused of having a can of pepper spray as a weapon following chaotic scenes at the Tivoli theatre, in which chemicals were discharged into the audience as children performed on stage.

Four people were hit and more than 150 had to be evacuated in the incident last month.

Carey's girlfriend Jenna Lawlor (28) appeared in court with him, accused of public order offences in the theatre on the same night.

The couple were remanded on continuing bail after Dublin District Court heard that further charges may be brought against Carey over the incident.

Carey, of Woodview Heights, Lucan, is charged with possession of a canister of Dragon pepper spray, made for causing injury to, or incapacitating, a person.

The offence is alleged to have been committed at the theatre on Francis Street in the south inner city on April 27.

Lawlor, of the same address, is charged with public intoxication, using threatening and abusive behaviour to cause a breach of the peace, and failing to obey garda directions.

Defence solicitor Aoife Bambury said it was Carey's first time in court on the charge, having been arrested and granted station bail at Kevin Street Garda Station, where Carey had been detained.

It was Lawlor's second appearance. She had been bailed on a previous date from Dublin District Court.

A garda sergeant sought a six-week adjournment in the case to obtain the directions of the DPP, and for possible further charges to be brought.

Neither defendant addressed Judge Marie Quirke during the brief hearing and both were remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on July 3.

The incident happened while children were performing as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of a stage school.

The children were among the 150 brought to safety.