Court - Knife produced during robbery

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Court - Knife produced during robbery

A Mountmellick man has been charged with being part of a group of three males who robbed another group of males during an alleged incident in which a knife was produced.

Patrick Kelly, 21 Twomey Park, Mountmellick, was charged with an offence under section 14 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, at the Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise, on January 16 this year.

Inspector Eamon Curley told the district court that on January 16, three males walking along the Ballyfin Road in Portlaoise were approached by the accused and two others, who demanded that the three males empty their pockets.

Insp Curley said that a knife was shown by one of the assailants, which put the injured parties in fear. One of the injured parties ran away, but the accused allegedly grabbed another injured party to stop him from running away, and forced him to hand over an iPhone.

There were no injuries sustained by the victims of this crime, said Insp Curley.

After hearing the evidence, Judge Catherine Staines refused jurisdiction, meaning the case will be sent forward to the circuit court.

The matter was put back to December 8, for the serving of a book of evidence.

Legal aid was assigned to solicitor, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.