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Pair accused of hijacking taxi with knife sent for trial

TWO men have been sent for trial for the alleged knifepoint hijacking of a taxi in Dublin.

Andrew Byrne (28) and Ross Cahill (19) had books of evidence served on them at Blanchardstown District Court.

They are alleged to have seized a taxi from the driver in an incident in north Dublin earlier this year.

Mr Byrne, of Fortlawn Avenue, Clonsilla and Mr Cahill, of Hazel Grove, Portrane Road, Donabate, are both charged with unlawfully seizing by force a Renault taxi by removing the driver at knifepoint.

Mr Byrne also faces a charge of producing a knife with a five-inch blade while seizing a vehicle.

The unlawful seizure charge is under the Criminal Law Act 1976, while the weapons charge Mr Byrne faces is under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Laurel Lodge Road, Castleknock on May 8 last.

A State solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment on the charges.

Judge McHugh gave the defendants the formal notice that they must provide to the prosecution within 14 days details of any alibi.

He then sent them forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on October 24 next.

The judge granted legal aid and remanded the accused on bail.