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man accused of stealing handbag is sent for trial

A MAN accused of stealing a woman's handbag has been sent forward for trial.

Patrick Browne (26) allegedly stole the handbag, worth €20, as well as €70 in cash, during an incident in a Dublin supermarket.

Mr Browne is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled that the matter was too serious for the District Court.

The accused, with an address at Berryfield Road, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with robbery.


The crime, contrary to the Theft and Fraud Offences Act, allegedly took place at Dunnes Stores, Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas, last July 5.

A state solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Browne the alibi caution, warning him that he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

Defence solicitor Aoife Bambury and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered that a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

Mr Browne has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charge.