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Book of evidence Man who allegedly beat couple on their way home from shopping is sent for trial

The accused, of Dromheath Avenue in Blanchardstown, is charged with seriously assaulting a man and woman at Church Street in Mulhuddart on May 24, 2018.

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Nathan Burke

Nathan Burke

Nathan Burke

A YOUNG man accused of assaulting a couple as they walked home from shopping has been sent for trial.

Nathan Burke (23) was served with the book of evidence when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

He was allegedly identified after his DNA was found on a pair of sunglasses dropped at the scene.

The accused, of Dromheath Avenue in Blanchardstown, is charged with seriously assaulting a man and woman at Church Street in Mulhuddart on May 24, 2018.

He is facing trial after a judge refused to deal with the case in the district court.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

It was alleged the victims were walking home with their adult son when they were set upon by a gang of 15 youths who blocked the footpath and shouted abuse at them.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan alleged the male victim was punched and kicked and hit in the head, and suffered a neck injury.

Sgt Callaghan claimed a man in an orange T-shirt was amongst those who assaulted the woman. She was punched twice.

Gardaí arrived on the scene and the youths ran away. The man in the orange T-shirt dropped a pair of sunglasses, and Sgt Callaghan said they were examined, and the DNA matched that of Mr Burke.

Mr Burke has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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