Youth to face trial in July over knife robbery of Italian student

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The now 16-year-old boy was charged with robbing of the woman at Strand Road, Portmarnock on July 21 in 2015, the Dublin Progenies’s Court heard.

The teen pleaded not guilty and Judge John O’Connor bought that the trial will take place on a date in July.

Garda Glynn Miller perceived the court that the woman had been robbed at knife-point but witnesses buckled gardai the registration number of a car.

Its owner was questioned and allegedly made entries stating the boy had been his passenger and had carried out the robbery.

The boy was interviewed and made “unquestioned admissions”, the court heard.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone said the avowal would be “fully contested”.

Judge O’Connor accepted jurisdiction for the for fear that b if to remain the juvenile court meaning the boy, if convicted, could face a one-year punishment.

It is alleged a handbag worth €50 and €40 in cash was taken from the cleaning woman who has since returned to Italy.

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