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Court claims Woman allegedly robbed cinema worker's bag while her boyfriend made knife threat

Mr Dunne of Carnlough Road, Cabra and Ms Doonan of Manorlands, Trim, Co Meath are charged with unauthorised taking of a car, robbery and handling stolen property.

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Nicole Doonan and Patrick Dunne

Nicole Doonan and Patrick Dunne

Nicole Doonan and Patrick Dunne

A WOMAN violently robbed a cinema worker of her handbag while her boyfriend took out a knife and threatened the alleged victim, a court was told.

Nicole Doonan (25) got out of a stolen car, approached the young woman at a bus stop and asked for directions before grabbing the bag, it is alleged. Gardai claimed Ms Doonan’s partner Patrick Dunne (34) then brandished a knife and told the woman (21): “I will get you.”

Judge Treasa Kelly granted Ms Doonan bail at Dublin District Court. No bail application was made yet on Mr Dunne’s behalf.

Mr Dunne of Carnlough Road, Cabra and Ms Doonan of Manorlands, Trim, Co Meath are charged with unauthorised taking of a car, robbery and handling stolen property.

Garda Linda Woods said neither accused replied to the charges after caution. Mr Dunne was not applying for bail at this time, solicitor Matthew De Courcy said. He made a bail application on Ms Doonan’s behalf.

Objecting to bail, Gda Woods said on March 27, the alleged victim was standing at a bus stop on the Swords Road, Santry at 11.10pm, waiting for a bus home after finishing work at the nearby cinema.

A black Hyundai pulled up and the female front seat passenger got out - allegedly Ms Doonan.

She approached the woman at the bus stop and asked for directions before violently grabbing her handbag, it was alleged.

A struggle ensued and the driver - alleged to be Mr Dunne - got out and produced a knife, threatening the woman: “I will get you.”

The alleged victim was in fear and let go of the handbag. Both suspects then got back into the car and fled, Gda Woods said.

The woman raised the alarm almost immediately and gave gardai a detailed account.

The next day, garda responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at Cabra Drive and found a Hyundai Tucson stationary with a flat tyre. Mr Dunne in the driver’s seat and Ms Doonan in the passenger seat.

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It was alleged the car had been stolen in Smithfield.

The alleged robbery victim’s handbag and phone were found in the car.

Mr De Courcy said Ms Doonan was presumed innocent and the evidence given was “just allegations at this point.”

The alleged robbery victim was not in court to give evidence and this incident was not covered by CCTV, he said.

Judge Kelly granted bail in Ms Doonan’s own bond of €500, with a €200 cash lodgement. She also required an independent surety of €1,000, half to be lodged.

Ms Doonan is to sign on daily at her local garda station, have no contact with the alleged victim and stay out of the Santry area.

Ms Doonan was remanded in custody with consent to bail to Friday. Mr Dunne was remanded in custody to tomorrow.

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