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Woman (21) accused of syringe threat to gardai

A YOUNG woman arrested on suspicion of a theft stuck a syringe into her groin before threatening gardai with it, it is alleged.

Diane Travers (21) is alleged to have held the needle out in front of her as the officers approached, before dropping it to the ground. The case against her was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Ms Travers, with an address at The View, Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght, is charged with unlawful possession of a syringe with intent to cause or threaten to cause injury, or intimidate on June 10 last year.

The charge is under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act. A State Solicitor said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the charge at district court level.

The prosecuting garda said he and a colleague were on patrol in the south city centre when they received a report of a theft.

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They went to Parliament Row, where they searched for a suspect following a description.

They approached Ms Travers in the course of this investigation and attempted to arrest her.

It was alleged that she pulled out a needle and inserted it into her groin area.

The garda alleged that she took it out and held it in front of her, towards the officers.

As they continued to approach, she threw the syringe on the ground, he said.

Judge Michael Walsh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court.

This means it will not be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.

Defence Solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said he would need time to take instructions from him client.

Judge Walsh adjourned the case to a date in September for the accused to decide how she intends to plead to the charge.

She was remanded on continuing bail.

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