Sunday 25 August 2019

Young man charged with arson attack

A YOUNG man appeared at Wexford District Court on Monday charged with an arson attack on a €10,000 lorry at the weekend.

John Dempsey (22) of Wilkinstown, Ballyhogue is charged with setting fire to the vehicle owned by Sean Hayden at Shanoule, Foulksmills on September 24.

He is charged with taking another vehicle without the consent of the owner Simon O'Dwyer on the same date.

He also faces charges of burlgary at Harpurs of Foulksmills on September 23 and stealing a trailer from a Wexford County Council yard at St. Leonard's, Ballycullane between September 22 and 23.

Detective Garda Dave O'Flynn gave evidence of arresting the defendant for criminal damage. He made no reply to the charge. Inspector Mick Walsh applied for a remand in custody, saying the DPP had not yet given a direction in the case.

Judge John Coughlan asked him why and was told it was due to the 'multiplicity of charges'. ' That's not a reason,' said the Judge. Inspector Walsh said the defendant had been in court before and was in breach of his bail.

Judge Coughlan asked for a copy of the bail.

'You have to have proper grounds to remand someone in custody,' he said.

When the case was called again, the Judge commented that it involved a motor lorry extensively damaged by fire.

Inspector Walsh said the DPP had indicated the case should proceed on an indictment.

He added that other more serious charges would be preferred when the file went to the DPP.

He said the State now had no objection to bail with conditions including a curfew from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. and a requirement that he sign on every day at Wexford Garda Station.

Judge Coughlan remanded the accused in custody with consent to bail to Wexford District Court on October 30.

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