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Handbag charge man facing trial

A MAN accused of robbing a woman's handbag and her mobile phone has been sent forward for trial.

Patrick Carroll (38) allegedly robbed the woman during an incident on the N4 at Lucan last December 15.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the district court.

The accused, of Coalbrook, Thurles, Co Tipperary, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with robbery.

It is alleged that Carroll robbed the woman's handbag and an Apple iPhone.

State solicitor Caroline Deasy said the book of evidence had been served on the accused.

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

Defence solicitor Niall O'Connor and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

The judge ordered that a video copy of a garda interview with the accused be furnished to his legal team.