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Man (24) allegedly produced knife in row

A DUBLIN man accused of producing a knife during the course of an argument has claimed that he was defending himself.

Liam Deegan (24) replied "no, defending myself" after he was charged by gardai.

He has been ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and any witnesses for the duration of the trial.

Mr Deegan 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.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to January for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, with an address at Rathmore Drive in Tyrrelstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with producing a knife during a dispute.

The alleged incidents took place at Gazelle Walk and at Park Boulevard, both in Tyrrelstown, on August 25 last.

He is further charged with trespassing in the back garden of a house at Mount Eustace Park, also in Tyrrelstown, on the same date.

The court heard that Mr Deegan is unemployed and defence solicitor Kelly Breen was assigned on free legal aid.

Mr Deegan has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.