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Pals to face trial after woman knifed in row

TWO friends charged in connection with the stabbing of a woman with a kitchen knife during an argument in Dublin city centre have been sent for trial at the Circuit Criminal Court.

Brenda Burke and Graham Barcoe (31) are both facing trial after a judge decided the case was too serious to be dealt with in the district court.

A third accused, Brendan Duffy (35), was due to be sent for trial at a later date.

The Three -- Barcoe, of Shanganagh Cliffs in Shankill, Burke (31) and Duffy -- are all charged with affray.

The alleged incident took place at Ramblers Way, Mary Street, on June 18 last year.

As well as being charged with affray, Burke, of Upper Jervis Lane, Dublin 1, is also accused of producing a knife and a maglite torch during the course of a dispute, contrary to Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, 1990.

Duffy, of Abbottstown Drive in Finglas, is also charged with producing a knife during an argument.

In Burke's case, state solicitor Fiona Downes told Dublin District Court a book of evidence was being served.

Burke was sent forward to the next sittings of the Circuit Court on existing bail of €200 and the same terms.

Judge Catherine Murphy gave her the formal alibi warning before returning her for trial.

Barcoe had had a book of evidence served on him at a previous sitting of the court.


Legal aid was granted to Burke's solicitor, Yvonne Banbury, as well as one junior counsel when the case is heard in the Circuit Court.

A detective previously told the court that the alleged victim is related to one of the defendants.

The DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Detective Garda Sheelagh Sheehan had said it will be alleged that there was an altercation outside the Ramblers Way shortly after 9am between the defendants and another party, who is well-known to them.

Gda Sheehan said it will be alleged that the four of them were involved in a scuffle, and during the scuffle the victim was stabbed in the neck.

Judge Cormac Dunne refused jurisdiction, believing the matter to be too serious for the District Court.