Man charged over Limerick arson attack

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A TEENAGER was granted bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with a house fire on the north side of the city over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A TEENAGER was granted bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with a house fire on the north side of the city over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Garda Kieran Crowley told a vacation sitting Limerick Court that Paul Whelan, aged 19, of Dalgaish Park, Moyross made no reply when he was charged with arson.

Whelan is accused of setting fire to a house at Monabraher Road, Ballynanty on Monday.

It is alleged that extensive smoke and fire damage was caused to the walls and ceilings of the house which is owned by Limerick City Council.

The defendant has also been charged with causing criminal damage as the front and rear windows of the house were allegedly smashed during the same incident.

Whelan was granted free legal aid by Judge John O’Neill and solicitor Ted McCarthy was assigned to represent him. There was no objection to bail subject to a number of conditions.

He must obey a curfew and he must stay away from the Monabraher Road area and he was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged injured party who lives in the house.

Judge O’Neill remanded Whelan on bail to appear before the court again on October 7, next.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the matter.