A 41-year-old man has gone on trial at the Special Criminal Court for robbing a bookmakers, hijacking a car, and kidnapping the driver in Dublin 11 years ago.

Trevor Byrne, of Cappagh Road in Finglas West in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to five charges in connection with the alleged offences in March 2010.

The Special Criminal Court was told today that Trevor Byrne was one of two men who went in to the BoyleSports betting shop at Applewood Village in Swords in Co Dublin at 5.40pm on 19 March 2010.

It was before closing time during the Cheltenham racing week. The men were wearing distinctive clothing and captured on CCTV and they went into the toilets for 35 minutes.

In his opening statement today, prosecuting counsel Shane Costelloe told the court that when the men came out brandishing a gun, everyone took cover and the men stole €1,490.

When they tried to leave the front door of the shop had been closed and they went out the back instead. One of the men dropped a mobile phone as he left.

The court heard that a woman will testify that two armed men jumped in front of her car, got in and drove off with her in it.

One of them threatened to kill her before they let her out of the car 15 minutes later.

Shane Costelloe SC also said that the case has been previously before the courts but through no one's fault there has been no resolution up to this point and that is why it is here after 11 years.

Trevor Byrne is charged with robbing €1,490 at BoyleSports, Applewood Village on 19 March 2010, and with possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery on the same occasion.

He is also accused of seizing a vehicle by threat of force, falsely imprisoning a woman at nearby Thornleigh Avenue on the same day, and of threatening to kill her at an unknown location between Thornleigh Avenue and Kilshane Cross, elsewhere in Co Dublin that day.

Trevor Byrne stood in the dock today and replied not guilty to each of the five charges

The trial is continuing.