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OAP attack Two men sent for trial after pensioner was allegedly beat with his own walking stick during house raid

Lee McDonnell, 29, and Alan Downey, 38, have been ordered to appear at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on June 4

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The two men were served with books of evidence when they appeared at Cloverhill District Court. Stock photo

The two men were served with books of evidence when they appeared at Cloverhill District Court. Stock photo

The two men were served with books of evidence when they appeared at Cloverhill District Court. Stock photo

Two men have been sent for trial accused of attacking a pensioner who was allegedly held at knife-point and beaten with his own walking stick during a house raid in Dublin.

Lee McDonnell, 29, of Colepark Green, Ballyfermot, and Alan Downey, 38, of Colepark Road, Ballyfermot, in west Dublin, were served with books of evidence when they appeared at Cloverhill District Court.

They are charged with assault causing harm and aggravated burglary at the home of a 73-year-old neighbour of Mr Downey in the early hours of Nov. 20 last year.

Judge Victor Blake noted the Director of Public Prosecution directed trial on indictment and he granted a return for trial order.

Books of evidence were served in court on the two men by Garda Erica Delaney.

Judge Blake ordered them appear at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on June 4 next.

The defendants were told they must notify the prosecution within 14 days if they intend to use alibis in their defence.

Legal aid was granted.

At an earlier bail hearing the district court heard it was claimed raiders attacked and pulled the pensioner by his hair. They allegedly, “beat him with his own walking stick, and it broke as a result”.

A demand for €6,000 was made but €50 was taken, it was alleged.

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