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Teenager denies threatening to stab Tesco security guard

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The alleged incident took place at Tesco, Tyrconnell Road, in Dublin
The alleged incident took place at Tesco, Tyrconnell Road, in Dublin

A DUBLIN youth has pleaded not guilty to threatening to stab a supermarket security guard while brandishing a knife.

The 16-year-old boy is accused of making a threat to kill or cause serious harm and producing a knife while making a threat in connection with an alleged incident at Tesco, Tyrconnell Road, in Dublin.

He will face trial at the Dublin Children's Court in June, Judge John O'Connor ordered.

The juvenile court was told it would be alleged the boy had been refused entry to the supermarket by the security guard. Garda Alan Cummins said there was “a bit of toing and froing between him and the security guard.

He said it would be alleged it escalated and the boy made threats to stab him which led to a physical confrontation. The boy was pushed back and it was alleged the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, then took a knife out of his pocket and he produced it during the course of the dispute.

CCTV showed him holding an object and no injuries were suffered. The boy's barrister said the defence will be that a knife was not produced.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was remanded on continuing bail.