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Youth accused of death threat on Luas

A YOUNG Dublin man is alleged to have threatened to kill a Luas security guard, telling him he would "stab his face off".

Stephen Dolan (20) is accused of making the threat during a disturbance on a Red Line tram at Heuston Station.

Mr Dolan, with an address at Kelly's Row in the north inner city is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm.

The charge is under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Dublin District Court heard it was alleged that a large crowd on the Luas had been asked to move on by security staff because they had been drinking and causing annoyance.

It was alleged that Mr Dolan and another man "escalated" the situation, saying they would stab the security guard.

It was alleged that they "made references to killing and stabbing the face off him", the court was told.

The Luas had stopped at Heuston and the people involved had moved out onto the platform.

There was CCTV footage of the incident. Judge Timothy Lucey accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level.

He ordered disclosure of prosecution documents at the request of the accused's solicitor, Mairead White.

Judge Lucey also granted free legal aid after there was no objection by gardai. The case was adjourned to a date next week.